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November 30, 2012 - click headlines for quick navigation 


Registration Deadline is Monday 9am for SVTC Luncheon on December 6, 2012

Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast: December 10, 2012

FIRST LEGO League State Tournament December 8 & 9 ... looking for volunteers

SVTC Bits & Grits: December 18, 2012

Welcome Back Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development

SV-SBDC's Start Smart Sessions

Blue Ridge Community College's Continuing Ed. Class Schedule Available Online

Member News: Cadence to Open Finished Medical Device Facility

CIT to Release FY2013 CRCF Request for Proposals (RFP) on December 3rd

CIT GAP Funds Invests in

Member News: Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver's Daniel Fitch Named 2013 Charlottesville Personal Injury Defense Lawyer of the Year

SVTC Luncheon: STEM Education, Workforce and Economic Development, and the Link Between K-12 Education and Job Creation

December 6, 2012, 12:00noon-1:30pm

JMU's Festival Center, Highlands Room



The SVTC's December 6th luncheon combines technology, (workforce) education, and economic development. We will network with Secretary of Education, Laura Fornash and Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Jim Cheng, as well as Pat Lintner, Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Secretary Fornash and Cheng will introduce us to the ALL STUDENTS initiative.

Secretaries Fornash and Cheng will update us on the Governor's ALL STUDENTS initiative (aimed at raising awareness about the critical role K-12 education plays in the Commonwealth) and Pat Lintner, Director of Instruction, Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be our luncheon speaker and talk about the refocused and retooled STEM efforts in this local school system (it includes an integrative STEM curriculum in the elementary schools, and STEM Academies in the middle schools and the high school - and how this can be replicable).

ALL STUDENTS initiative:  Research proves there is a direct link between K-12 education and job creation. Quality education is an important factor in the decision making process for businesses and their employees when looking to relocate or expand. These companies have made it clear that an educated workforce is paramount when selecting a location; we must be able to demonstrate Virginia has a quality education system that will serve their employees and their families.

Speaker: Pat Lintner, Director of Instruction, Harrisonburg City Public Schools: Building on the strength of existing programs in mathematics, science and technology, Harrisonburg City Public Schools have refocused and retooled their STEM programming to include an integrative STEM curriculum in the elementary schools, and STEM Academies in the middle schools and the high school. In each setting, problem-based learning is an essential part of the curriculum where student learning occurs "on the job" and where STEM knowledge is used to design and engineer to solve problems.  At the SVTC's December luncheon, Patrick Lintner, Director of Instruction for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, will describe the progression of the new STEM programs in Harrisonburg and the key forces to creating the necessary structures that were essential to getting things started and moving forward.  

Cost $15.00

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required - we will be ordering a sandwich and salad and drink for each person who registers. After registration, we will send you an invoice link via email (you can  then pay by credit card or send a check). [Cancellation of a registration with reimbursement will be possible until Dec 3rd, 9 am]

PARKING: please park in  the designated lot only - across from  the Festival, in lot D3. Check the map:


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Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
December 10, 2012, 7:30-9:00am
Festival Conference & Student Center, JMU

Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and JMU's Research and Public Service.

Cost: FREE (including breakfast); however
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (for food ordering purposes) by Dec. 6, 2012, 9:00am. (Pre-registration will close at 9 am.)

Register: Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast
on December 10, 2012

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is again partnering with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and JMU's Department of Research and Public Service to host the annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast on Monday, December 10th. This is your opportunity to hear first hand what the key issues and positions are from members of our Legislative delegation. With the November election behind us and  "fiscal cliff" potentially ahead of us, what is the General Assembly going to do for us, or to us, in the coming months. Key questions include:

  • Healthcare Reform (Obamacare) -  The 2,000 page healthcare reform bill looks to stay in place after the election, so how will Virginia deal with the mandates and the long-term costs of healthcare?
  • Transportation Funding - The Governor is already floating ideas of how Virginia can capture more revenue for transportation improvements, starting with "indexing" the gas tax. What are the options, who pays and how much?
  • The Fiscal Cliff - Speculation runs rampant about Congress' ability to act, or not. The Governor has already asked Departments to prepare a budget option with across the board cuts. What does that mean for the Shenandoah  Valley?
  • Job, Jobs, Jobs - Employment and income are still the keys to economic prosperity for the Commonwealth and the nation. This will be a lame-duck session for the Governor and Lt. Governor while others run for their offices. What can we expect for job creation programs and incentives, small business regulatory relief and entrepreneurial encouragement?

Please make sure you pre-register for this event


The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council will email you an attendance confirmation -incl. parking directions for the JMU Festival parking lot- one to two days before the event.


We look forward to see you on the 10th of December,
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
JMU's Research and Public Service
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council



FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state tournament, Dec. 8 & 9: looking for volunteer judges (no prior experience needed!)

The FLL state tournament next Saturday and Sunday,

December 8th and 9th, needs more volunteers. The volunteer coordinator, Sonya Shaver, is specifically looking for judges for Saturday afternoon, and 3 or 4 more robot design judges for Sunday.  To volunteer, please visit (after reading the descriptions, please scroll to the bottom of the form), or email Sonya directly: 

Around 100 teams will be participating in this state competition which means lots of excited 9 to 14-year-olds and their coaches and mentors (and often also their parents and siblings) will be rolling into town!  If you are not participating or volunteering, consider coming out to see what all the fuss is about. 


On Saturday the competition will be at JMU Memorial Hall and on Sunday we'll be at Harrisonburg High School.

The goal of the competition is to see which team in Virginia was able to program their Lego robot and computer best to navigate this year's challenge called SENIOR SOLUTIONS. (Ultimately, of course, these kinds of efforts lead to getting kids excited about science and technology, math and engineering ... and they sure do get excited!)  It's a wonderful, upbeat event, and you will be glad you volunteered. It's time very well spent.

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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 8:00am


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Welcome Back Level II Member: Rockingham County Economic Development

Our thanks to Rockingham County for their membership renewal and strong support of the SVTC.

Rockingham County, located along the I-81 corridor in the center of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is one of Virginia's fastest growing communities, where a diverse mix of business and agriculture provide a strong foundation for economic expansion.


The County encompasses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan area, and firms in the area offer products for shipment nationwide and internationally. Major manufacturing centers serve clients along the East Coast and into the Mid-West - supplying food, auto parts, books, consumer goods and much more. Business leaders extol the high work ethic of the local workforce, that has a pride in quality workmanship.


A short two-hour drive to the Nation's Capital in a beautiful country setting, with year-round recreational opportunities and top-level colleges and universities, make Rockingham County, Virginia a great place to live, work and play!

For more information visit or call (540) 564-3030.


SV-SBDC's Start Smart

Dates & locations are below


Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things?  This workshop is for you.

We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.

December 6, 6:30-8:00pm, Harrisonburg
December 17, 10:00-11:30am, Harrisonburg

Fee: $25

For more information & to register visit



Blue Ridge Community College's Continuing Education Class Schedule Available Online

Check out Blue Ridge Community College's 2013 Winter/Spring Class Schedule.

Visit for more information.


Member News: Cadence to Open Finished Medical Device Facility

[Staunton, VA - November 27, 2012]

Cadence, Inc., a leading provider of medical device outsourcing solutions, announced today that it will open a finished medical device facility in Cranberry Township, PA in the first quarter of 2013. 

The 21,000 square foot facility will include up to 10,000 square feet of clean room space and 5,000 square feet of office space.  The company expects to employ as many as 60 people in the new facility located just outside of Pittsburgh.

For Cadence, which has achieved 74% revenue growth in the past three years, entrance into the finished device business is another step in its long-term strategic plan.

"Cadence started as a provider of highly-engineered specialty blades and has evolved into a provider of complex components and sub-assemblies critical to the performance of a variety of medical devices," said Alan Connor, President of Cadence, Inc.  "Medical device customers are looking to consolidate their supply chains around their most critical and trusted suppliers.  The addition of finished device and sterilization management capabilities allows us to better serve our customer's needs."
Pittsburgh was chosen for Cadence's newest facility because of the availability of employees with specialized medical device knowledge and experience.  Pittsburgh was also chosen for its proximity to existing Cadence facilities.

Marc Mabie, Vice President & General Manager of the Cadence Pittsburgh facility, said, "The Pittsburgh location has enabled us to put together an experienced and proven team from the medical device industry to expand Cadence's business. We look forward to continued team growth in 2013." 


CIT to Release FY2013 CRCF Request for Proposals on December 3rd


On Monday, December 3, CIT will release the FY2013 CRCF Request for Proposals (RFP).

The CRCF supports commercialization of targeted, high-potential research, including that developed at our colleges and universities, in small companies, and at our research institutes.


In FY2013, $4.8 million is available to CRCF, and funding opportunities exist in five programs: Commercialization, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds. As in the past, CRCF funding is drawn from technology sectors identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap. Specific eligibility requirements are detailed in program-specific guidelines, available online beginning December 3.
Visit on December 3 for complete CRCF FY2013 information. 

"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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CIT GAP Funds Invests in

Real-time e-commerce solution connects journalists to news outlets instantly and around the world

November 29, 2012 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today an investment in Dulles, Va.-based, a real-time marketplace for breaking photo and video journalism. makes it possible for media companies, freelancers and citizen journalists to sell breaking news stories to media outlets around the world. Breaking news has a shelf-life of under 30 minutes before it loses its value. connects creators and acquirers in real-time. 

Media creators can sell privately through the platform to protect their story, or sell via Twitter to maximize their exposure. Creators simply upload their content, select pricing and licensing, and decide which media outlets to deliver to. takes care of the rest. A media company receives a submission, backed by a reputation system and if they are interested in the content offered, the company can buy it with just three clicks.

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "'s innovative technology allows journalists to upload and sell their digital media to news outlets instantly. Investing in this company will enhance the broadcast of news worldwide."'s CEO Anton Gelman said, "The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and the recent presidential elections have shown the power of real-time communications and citizen journalism, but today it's still difficult for citizen journalists to earn money on even the most amazing content. We started to make it profitable to get your story to the world. With the support of CIT GAP Funds, we'll be able to continue developing our product so that it becomes a ubiquitous global platform."

Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director, said, "We provide seed-stage funding to entrepreneurs like Anton Gelman because we believe in investing in ground-breaking technologies that will benefit long-term economic growth and jobs for Virginia."

Since its 2005 launch, CIT GAP Funds has placed over 75 investments across the Commonwealth, deploying greater than $6 million of public funds and attracting over $80 million more in private funding.


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Member News:  Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver's Daniel Fitch Named 2013 Charlottesville Personal Injury Defense Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Daniel Fitch as the "Charlottesville Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year" for 2013.  Only a single lawyer for each practice is so honored. 

Dan's practice includes defending institutions and individuals in civil matters throughout the Central Virginia and Valley of Virginia region.  His practice also encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks and copyrights) and construction law.  Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  The current edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2013 is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  Fitch received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

"We continue to believe - as we have believed for more than 25 years - that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession," said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.  "We could like to congratulate Dan Fitch on being selected as the "Charlottesville Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Defense Lawyer of the Year" for 2013.



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