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June 26, 2015
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A Fond Farewell to Ken Newbold
Virginia Velocity has launched! (Business Plan Competition)
VLDS INSIGHTS Conference, June 30, 2015
2015 ASQ Conference, Sept. 18-20
Save the Date: SVP Annual Meeting
Employment Law Seminar
SVTC's July Bits and Grits (July 20)
A Fond Farewell to Ken Newbold as he begins his duties as Goshen College's Provost 


As many of you know, Dr. Ken Newbold has been a member of the SVTC and our Board of Directors for many many years, and has served on the board since 2008. He was a contributor to the work done by the Events and Programming committee, the Organization and Governance committee, and first served on the the Executive Committee as Vice President, and for 3 years as President.


We are excited for the new opportunities and challenges that await Ken in Indiana at Goshen College -- and wish him and his family (wife Tiffany and 2 daughters) the very best. (We do however, want to point out that we will miss him here!!) 


What will be be doing? Read the Goshen College announcement: 

Goshen College names Dr. Newbold provost


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Virginia Velocity has launched!
Virginia's Premier Business Plan Competition


The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has just announced that the Governor's first business plan competition in Virginia is now open to applicants!


Virginia Velocity will provide $850,000 in prizes for winners, and at least four winners will be chosen.  The competition is open to all companies in the bioscience and energy sectors, including those based outside of Virginia. Eligible competitors are for-profitorganizations that have been engaged in their current business for at least 24 consecutive months.  Winning companies need to be willing to locate in Virginia for at least two years and are expected to have an office operating in Virginia by January 1, 2016. The minimum age to apply is 18 years of age; the deadline for submitting an application is July 10, 2015.


Overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Virginia Velocity is intended to help build awareness of Virginia's entrepreneurial economy. Our goal is to keep things energized here at Virginia Velocity. If your company is eligible, you are welcome to apply! If you know of eligible companies that would find these cash prizes enticing, please forward this email or direct them to the Virginia Velocity website at


We are also accepting applications for judges and mentors. Experience in business start-ups, entrepreneurship, and business plan evaluation are required. Experience in energy and/or bioscience is a plus! For information on being a judge or mentor, or to sign up, this page has more details.


You'll also find answers to many questions about the competition on our FAQ page And we're always available at


We hope you'll want to keep up to date on all things Virginia Velocity; you can 'like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!



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CIT and VDOE Announce 2015 Winners of Apps4VA JMU App Development Challenge to Improve Educational Outcomes
Twenty-eight student teams at JMU develop educational apps using data from the VLDS


June 24, 2015 (HERNDON, VA.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), announced today the winners of the 2015 Apps4VA James Madison University software application (app) development competition. The Apps4VA initiative focuses on improving K-12 education by engaging the public in contributing fresh and innovative ideas on how to use education data. 


Jointly sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and CIT, the Apps4VA JMU competition engaged more than 100 James Madison University students in a semester-long project to develop innovative solutions and software tools to improve education and educational decisions in Virginia. Students collaborated on teams to design and implement an application that would solve an educational challenge based on the Apps4VA data catalog.


Chris Mayfield, Assistant Professor, and Michael Norton, Associate Professor, in JMU's Computer Science Department, said, "For the second straight year, we have seen a very impressive set of applications result from our students' work in the Apps4VA project. This type of application development fits seamlessly with our curriculum and provides our students with the ability to produce applications that have the potential to impact the education ecosystem across the State."


The winners of the competition are:


Grand Prize Winner:

·  Team VEBA: Virginia Educational Budget Analyzer: VEBA is a web application which highlights trends in how government spending affects various metrics related to the Virginia school system. The application uses student metrics from the VLDS and the educational budget records available through Student developers included: Dave McVicar, Abhisek Luthra and Nick Love.


Second Place Team:

·  Team Dry Bump: SmartFinance: The SmartFinance application allows administrators and politicians with quick access to financial data from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The application allows for the comparison between instructional spending per capita and student postsecondary success to identify schools that may be suffering from a funding gap or schools that are achieving high success rates with limited resources. Student developers included Stephen Banghart, Zach Bolan, Chris Peterkin and Aaron Zamecnik.


Apps4VA was launched by CIT and VDOE as a way to raise awareness of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS), which provides research information on Virginia public school students' progress toward college and career readiness; to engage the public in using the data to develop new insights and tools for educators, researchers and policymakers; and to increase government transparency.  Since its inception, the Apps4VA program has engaged more than 400 participants who have developed more than 200 cutting-edge, education-focused apps.


Bethann Canada, Director of Educational Information Management at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), said, "The expansion of the Apps4VA program into the course curriculum at James Madison University is a perfect example of how the VDOE is looking for new ways to use our educational data. Over the course of the last two years, the classes at JMU have developed dozens of applications that show the VLDS can play a critical role in improving education policies across the Commonwealth. The Apps4VA program is not a single event, but an ongoing process. VDOE is very interested in finding additional strategic partners like JMU to help find new uses for the VLDS."


Winners of the Apps4VA JMU challenge will be highlighted at the 2015 Insights Conference on June 30, 2015 at the University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus (


For more information on the program, visit the Apps4VA website.


About CIT Connect,

Recognizing a need in the marketplace, CIT Connect was established to help federal, state, and corporate consumers of technology identify and assimilate innovation. The CIT Connect service line delivers unique and innovative value-add solutions enabling technology consumption, adoption, and integration into organizations. CIT Connect's experts work with organizations to assess the spectrum of inputs into the development and implementation process, including stakeholders, corporate culture and policies, technology and market environment.


About the Virginia Department of Education,

The Virginia Department of Education provides support and guidance to the commonwealth's 132 public school divisions which, combined, educate approximately 1.2 million PK-12 students. The department administers regulations promulgated by the state Board of Education and supports the board in carrying out its responsibilities under state and federal education law.


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June 30, Fredericksburg, VA


The VLDS Insights Conference is back for the third edition in 2015. Among other data insights, the 2015 conference will highlight new partner agencies that have joined VLDS and fresh opportunities that will come from those new partnerships. The conference opens at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of VLDS. Sessions run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.


DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: University of Mary Washington: Stafford Campus
(125 University Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22406)

The conference offers a full agenda covering a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The Story of VLDS in High Schools and Colleges
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia's Outlook on Data
  • Privacy and Security
  • Statewide Instructional Improvement System
  • Using VLDS to predict 8th grade outcomes for VA's preschoolers
  • When is new research enough to warrant change in policy?
  • The Return on Investment of Virginia's Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Data-Driven Support for Students on the Path to College: Identifying useful variables for college planning throughout high schools
  • Using SOL Data to Inform Program Impact
  • Exciting sessions still being added!

Register Now!


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2015 ASQ Innovation Conference
(SVTC Members eligible for discounted tickets!)
September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA


Due to our sponsorship of this ASQ event we are able to extend an opportunity to 10 SVTC members to receive discounted conference tickets! We're collecting the info for those interested, and will pass them on to the ASQ folks. Reservations close August 31!

Conference details: Innovation is Quality for Tomorrow (pdf)

Innovation is today where quality management was 25 years ago. It is often confined to a small group of people in your organization- these great ideas and useful approaches are not always well publicized and do not always engage all of your people. Innovation can also mean different things to different people. To be successful, innovation- like quality-needs to engage everyone. To consolidate the Innovation Body of Knowledge, the ASQ Innovation Division is tapping a wide range of innovation thought leaders and practice leaders to find what works well, how success has been generated, and how successful approaches can be employed more widely. Not every method will work well for everybody, but there will be tools and techniques that you can use in your own work environment.

Featuring an Exciting Slate of Speakers Who's Range of Innovation Topics Includes:
* Culture
* Managing Innovation
* Process
* Quality to Innovation Pathway
* Stats and Innovation
* Innovation in an Established Organization

September 18-20, 2015
Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center | 1901 Emmet Street | Charlottesville, VA 22901

SVTC Members Only: The first 10 SVTC members to fill out the form will receive $50 off their conference ticket.


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Hello Harrisonburg Interview 
June 30, Fredericksburg, VA


The SVTC CEO, Nicky Swayne, was interviews by Kai Degner, the creator of the Hello Harrisonburg Podcast to share the benefits of this regional networking organization.

Hear the interview here!


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Member News: Check out Cadence's new media project by DIGICO


SVTC member Cadence, in business for 30 years this year, has released a new corporate brand video 'One Cadence' produced with SVTC member DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design. Filmed on location at five of Cadence's six facilities including their Staunton headquarters, and locations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the video highlights all of Cadence's products and services for the markets they serve.


One Cadence
One Cadence


View this on YouTube or on the Cadence, Inc. website.


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Save the Date: Shenandoah Valley Partnership Annual Meeting
Wed., July 22, 8:30-11:00am; Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton, VA


The Shenandoah Valley Partnership is honored to have Gov. Terry McAuliffe as the keynote speaker with special guest, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd Haymore. 


As Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore visit our region with a day devoted to agriculture and forestry-related economic development, please join us to hear about their statewide New Virginia Economy Plan and how the Shenandoah Valley and our strong agricultural assets fit in to this vision.


More details and registration to follow.

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Employment Law Seminar
July 08 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Spotswood Country Club, Harrisonburg, VA


Employment Law Seminar July 08 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Spotswood Country Club

In April of 2015 the NLRB general counsel issued a report regarding workplace rules. That significantly changed what employers can do relative to guidelines for professionalism, anti-harassment, trademarks, photography and recording, media contact, conflict of interest, and other employee activities.


Tom Ullrich and Lauren Darden from Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC will walk attendees through the rules, examples, and implications using an interactive presentation.


Join LD&B Insurance and Financial Services and Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver for this Employment Law Seminar.


RSVP to by July 1st.



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SVTC's Bits and Grits
July 20, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA


Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman. No reservations required.


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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Cadence, Inc.


Cadence ( is all about improving product performance. We help develop new products that others cannot, build processes that others will not, and deliver outcomes that simply make the world work better. Together with our customers, employees, and shareholders, we provide advanced products using science and sound engineering to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic. 




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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
Serco, Inc.


Serco Inc. is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc, one of the world's leading and most admired service companies. We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. Our broad array of real-time cost-effective service solutions ensure confidence and protection for our military, government and commercial customers. We work with our customers to understand exactly what they need and help to see their projects through the complete lifecycle. Whether the assignment is helping secure our borders, enhancing intelligence capabilities, helping federal agencies share critical data, or supporting personnel functions, Serco is there. We advise, design, integrate and deliver innovative service solutions to all branches of the U.S. military, federal civilian agencies and the intelligence community. Serco offers clients a trusted provider to deliver solutions that achieve meaningful outcomes. We have the industry know-how to understand the demanding challenges our customers face and we have the domain expertise to solve them-with a passion for excellence. Our presence in the Shenandoah Valley includes the PGPubs Classification Services contract with the USPTO as well as support and management services for numerous additional Serco Inc. contracts.




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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:
JMU Center for Instructional Technology


The mission of the CIT is to lead, support and advocate for the meaningful integration of technology into academic instruction.




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