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November 6, 2015
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October 30 Cyber Security Awareness Workshop Recap
SVTC's Nov. Bits and Grits (Nov 17)
SVTC Luncheon: Sandie Terry on Broadband Initiatives (November 19)
Virginia Women's Conference 2015 (Nov 21)
ANU Education Day (Nov 16)
Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015
Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast (December 3)
Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi
Announcement from Governor McAuliffe
Member News from AXON AI
News from the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.
Solar Open House to be Held in Timberville at the Largest Privately Owned Solar Installation in VA
Trademark & Copyright:...What's the Difference? Why Should I Care?
CIT Announces FY2016 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
October 30 Cyber Security Awareness Workshop Recap:
View the presentations, connect with the presenters

On Oct. 30 the SVTC, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and JMU Dept. of ISAT hosted a Cyber Security Awareness Workshop. If you attended and want to review the lessons, or if you weren't able to attend and want to see what you missed, you can view the presentations on our presentations page .

The presenter, Patricia Toth from the National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) gave an overview of what cybersecurity is, where and how one can start, what technologies are recommended, and where to turn for help. She also left some of her printed materials with us, -- let us know if you want some of them. (We will bring them to the Nov. 19 luncheon for anyone interested.)

Pat can be reached: Phone: 301-975-5140 | Email: | Fax: 301-975-400

We want to thank the panelists from JMU -- who are available for further conversations and expertise:
  • Dr. Edna Reid, JMU CISE, Dept. of ISAT (Intelligence Analysis) ( 
  • Dr. Michel Mitri, JMU College of Business, Computer Information Systems/
    Business Analytics (
  • Dr. John Guo, JMU College of Business, Computer Information Systems/
    Business Analytics ( 
Dr. Brett Tjaden, JMU CISE, Dept. of Computer Science ( the mentor for JMU's Cyber Defense Club brought two students along who demonstrated how one might go about inspecting a system for intrusion and what one might do about fixing the problem. While the below pic doesn't exactly look action-packed, it was truly fascinating to watch in person!

SVTC's Bits and Grits
November 17, 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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SVTC Luncheon Nov. luncheon: Broadband Initiatives; and introducing First Net (Sandie Terry, Center for Innovative Technology)
November 19, 11:15-1:00, Wood Grill, Harrisonburg

Sandie Terry, Vice President of Broadband Programs with the Center for Innovative Technologywill provide an update on broadband initiatives at the federal and state levels including advice on what every locality can do to facilitate broadband deployments now and in the future. Additionally there will be an overview of CIT's broadband services and resources available to help localities and a brief intro on a new public safety initiative.  Sandie Terry will explain the Federal public safety broadband initiative called FirstNet , the goal of the initiative, CIT's role, and how this may impact communities.

Networking begins at 11:15am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

**PLEASE NOTE** We will start and end earlier than usual; please arrive nlt 11:15 am. 

Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015 - Northern VA Community College (Woodbridge)

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Governor McAuliffe is hosting Virginia's first statewide conference on cyber security on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College.  This conference will bring together government, private sector and educational representatives for candid discussions on opportunities and strategies for filling the cyber talent pipeline.  We are planning a day-long event that will provide insight on emerging cyber trends and provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one conversations with Virginia's leading cyber security companies and federal agencies.

Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
December 3, 7:30am-9:00am, JMU Festival, Harrisonburg

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce together host the annual pre-session legislative breakfast. This is a time that we listen to and engage with our area legislators about issues affecting business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Invited delegates are: Emmett Hanger, Tony Wilt, Steve Landes, Dickie Bell, and Mark Obenshain.

FYI: Registration and payment is done through the HR Chamber of Commerce, and you will notice 'member' and 'non-member' pricing. If you are a member of the SVTC, please choose the '$10 member rate' on the registration page.

Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi

TSSi is seeking qualified candidates for a Database Administrator position.  This position will be responsible for maintaining the ERP (Dynamics AX) databases and applications.  Requiring both technical level experience and the ability to interface with all levels of users including user support and training.  Previous experience in Database Administration and  familiarity with the implementation of new systems a plus.  Experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and/or 2012 and Dynamics NAV or AX is highly preferred.  Qualifications include the ability to maintain and administer TCP/IP networks, assist technical end users in database design and query optimization, create and implement training on AX system for all end users.
TSSi offers a competitive salary and benefits.  For additional information about TSSi or to view the full job description go to No calls please, qualified candidates can apply by submitting resume and/or application to  TSSi is an equal opportunity employer. 

Governor McAuliffe Announces Lord Fairfax Community College's designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security approved LFCC after a rigorous application process
RICHMOND - Governor McAuliffe announced today that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have officially designated Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in CyberDefense. This designation recognizes schools that excel in training students to become leaders in cyber defense and establishes LFCC as one of the nation's academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity.
"This prestigious designation for LFCC is not only good news for the school, it is good news for the Commonwealth," Governor Terry McAuliffe said. "We need young people receiving training in high-tech, high-paying sectors like cybersecurity, and we need them receiving that training right here in Virginia. I'm proud of LFCC's hard work in earning this designation, and I look forward to the dividends it will pay as we work to build the New Virginia Economy."
Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide with this specific designation, and LFCC is one of two community colleges in the state of Virginia.
"LFCC's designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense speaks volumes about the commitment our community colleges have to innovation and career readiness," Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. "They are on the front lines, preparing our students to take on the challenges of the 21st century and embrace the careers pathways of the future."
"Filling Virginia's cyber workforce pipeline is paramount to advancing Virginia's cyber-leadership position," said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. "By achieving this certification, Lord Fairfax Community College has expanded opportunities for their students in Virginia's growing cyber-community."
Based upon a list of knowledge, skills and abilities provided by NSA/DHS, LFCC had to demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of cybersecurity education, outreach, and knowledge to earn the designation.
"Not only will this give LFCC students access to important scholarship opportunities, internships, and employment recognition but it will also open doors for collaboration with other institutions in this field of study," said program lead for the Cybersecurity academic program and the LFCC Cybersecurity Center Dr. Henry Coffman.
"Through foresight and innovation, our program will become a model for other community colleges in cybersecurity," LFCC President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy said. "Professor Henry Coffman's forward thinking helps, not only our local community and state, but our nation to stay safe both in the real world and in the virtual world."
LFCC offers a full cybersecurity career studies certificate (CSC), and an Associate of Science degree in Information Systems Technology with a Cybersecurity CSC as the focus. 

Member News from AXON AI

AxonAI Moves Into New Office Space Within Harrisonburg's Technology Zone
HARRISONBURG, VA, November 2, 2015 - On December 1, 2015 AxonAI, Inc., will move from their current City location into Harrisonburg's Downtown Technology Zone. The new office space is located on Court Square: 2 South Main Street, Suite 501, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
With support from The City of Harrisonburg and the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund, the new location serves to strengthen AxonAI's presence and partnership with the local technology community in Harrisonburg."I am looking forward to moving our company downtown to be within the Technology Zone. We greatly appreciate the financial support we have received from the City of Harrisonburg and the Commonwealth of Virginia that will help us recruit, hire, and train future members of the AxonAI team," states Mark Slonecker, President of AxonAI, Inc. In celebration of AxonAI's new location, an Open House is being scheduled for the Harrisonburg community, their investors, and partners. This event will take place at the new office location on January 27, 2016. Announcements and invitations will go out accordingly.
AxonAI, Inc. applies advanced artificial intelligence technologies to develop complex reasoning products in numerous areas, including big data analytics, risk forecasting, and cybersecurity. 

News from the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

Tamberrino Moves Up In Chamber Association
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce President, Frank Tamberrino, was recently elected to the position of Vice-President At-Large for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE). VACCE is a statewide association for professional development of Chamber of Commerce executives and staff. Tamberrino now serves on the VACCE Executive Committee. He was previously the District Direct representing the Shenandoah Valley.
VACCE and its members work closely with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce on public policy related to business issues in Virginia. The association also holds an annual Chamber Institute for professional development, which was held in Harrisonburg earlier this year. 


Congratulations, Frank!

Solar Open House to be Held in Timberville at the Largest Privately Owned Solar Installation in Virginia
TIMBERVILLE, Virginia (October 23, 2015) -  Windcrest Holsteins and solar contractor Paradise Energy Solutions will host a solar open house on November 10 from 10 AM to 2 PM (Click for more information) to showcase Windcrest's new 557.38 kW (kilowatt) solar array. The solar open house will consist of tours of the solar array, educational solar presentations, and a free pig roast lunch with the solar system being activated at 11AM.
The solar array at Windcrest Holsteins, located at 15638 Spar Mine Road in Timberville, consists of 1,798 Axitec solar panels and 17 solar inverters and is estimated to produce 707,139 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity annually which completely covers the electric usage of the farm. "I look at the solar system as a whole package, it has a good return on investment, significant electric savings and it cash-flows," explains Windcrest owner Dave Yutzy. "We are always looking for ways to positively promote our farm, and we felt like solar was the right thing to do both as an investment and also as a positive addition to the community. The younger generation on the farm is especially excited about the solar addition."
The solar array is installed on most of the southern facing barn roofs which house the operations dairy herd. "This solar installation will substantially decrease the energy load on the local grid," explains project manager Ron Osti-Helsley. "I am proud to have been a part of this project. Their farm will have utility expense of zero, which is phenomenal!" The solar installation at Windcrest Holsteins is the largest privately-owned solar installation in Virginia.
The solar project has been in the development stages since early summer and construction began in early September. The electric savings will total over $40,000 annually, and is estimated to save Windcrest Holsteins over $1.5 million in electric savings over 30 years. "I have been very impressed by the professionalism, neatness and well thought through solar installation by Paradise Energy Solutions," said Yutzy.

Trademark & Copyright: What's the Difference? Why Should I Care?
November 17, 5:30pm; BlueHub Coworking, Harrisonburg, VA

Some people use the two concepts interchangeably, but Trademark and Copyright are two very different things.
The logo on a price tag dangling a tee shirt is a trademark, while the artwork silkscreened on the tee shirt itself is copyrighted. COCA COLA is a federally registered trademark. I'd to Teach the World to Sing, the song Don Draper supposedly thought up in the last moments of Mad Men, is protected by copyright. The finished script of a Star Wars movie? Copyrighted. The sound of Darth Vader breathing? There's a federal registered trademark covering it.

Confused or curious? Spend a few minutes at Bluehub Coworking in downtown Harrisonburg at 5:30 PM on November 17 to learn more about what these two concepts are - and aren't. And how you could put them to work for you.

CIT Announces FY2016 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund: 
$3.4 million in funding opportunities available for Virginia's research community

October 30, 2014 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY2016. The solicitation opens on October 30, 2015 and Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by Friday, December 4. Award announcements are planned for early June 2016.
The CRCF grows Virginia's economy by supporting high-potential technology commercialization projects at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, the private sector, and nonprofit research institutions. A single solicitation for $3.4 million will be offered in FY2016, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.
Awards from the CRCF further the goals and industry opportunities set forth the in the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap. Eligible technology sectors for all programs this round are cyber security, energy, information technology - specifically data analytics, life sciences and unmanned systems for air, land, sea or space.
Details for the FY2016 solicitation, including the link to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), are available on CIT's website at The website provides additional resources, including program guidelines, webinars, FAQs, sample applications and templates. Please direct questions to
CIT issued one solicitation in FY2015 resulting in $2.8 million invested in 38 projects across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth's investment was used to leverage approximately $5.6 million in additional matching funds. To date, the Fund has announced nearly $16.5 million for 184 projects; outcomes include companies formed, jobs created, intellectual property created, regulatory approvals, new investments made, and technology licensed.
About the CRCF and R&T Roadmap
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities and business and industry.
The Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap is a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth uses to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and that are eligible for CRCF awards. The Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC), comprised of university, industry and economic development experts, reviews applications and makes award recommendations to the CIT Board.

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