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SVTC Bits & Grits: November 20, 2012

Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission

Remember to Register & Post your Internship Opportunites: Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Member News: Bob Stolle Promoted to Sr. VP, CIT Operations

Letter from the Governor Announcing the ALL Students Initiative

FIRST Lego League Staunton & Harrisonburg: Looking for Volunteers

Virginia Business Incubation Association Annual Conference: October 22-23, 2012

Review of Renewable Energy Research Projects at JMU: October 24, 2012

Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26-28, 2012

Bits & Grits

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 8:00am


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Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission


Please join us in thanking the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport for their membership renewal. 


Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), located in Weyers Cave, offers low-cost commercial airline service via Frontier Airlines with direct flights to Orlando International Airport. In addition, they have daily flights on United Express to Washington-Dulles International Airport. These fast and convenient flights connect the Valley to approximately 80 domestic and 43 international destinations around the world.


Ticket prices from SHD are competitive and in some cases

even less expensive than a larger airport. Couple this with FREE parking plus less money spent on gas and the cost savings can really add up. Ground transportation options include the SHD Airport Shuttle (by reservation) or car rental from Avis, Budget or Hertz.


For more information on traveling from SHD, call (540) 234-8304, visit or find them on Facebook and Twitter. 



Remember to Register & Post your Internship Opportunites: Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is a partner in the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) -  a service provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


We hope you will seriously consider taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity and participate such that the Shenandoah Valley and the SVTC are well represented as a program partner.


The CSIIP will be opened to students for application beginning November 1, 2012 .... so now is the time to register and post your internship opportunities.

Using a centralized web-based system, this free program connects companies and their available internships with students by offering:

  • companies the opportunity to enter company and internship information for summer 2013, and
  • students from all accredited Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges the opportunity to submit their application packages  

Participating companies are given access to a searchable applicant pool that they can use in making selections for direct hire.  There is no charge for companies or students.  Students will be able to start submitting applications on November 1st, and companies should get started listing internships in September and October.


Visit the CSIIP website to learn more and to become a company partner:   After you register and enter your internship opportunities, click on the "Internship Search" icon on your company's CSIIP portal to see how your internship opportunities will be displayed to students searching for internships in various technology council-mapped geographic areas.




Member News:  Bob Stolle Promoted to Sr. VP, CIT Operations

Former Va. Secretary of Commerce will help CIT navigate new markets


Please join us in extending sincere congratulations to Bob Stolle on this well deserved promotion.  Bob serves on the SVTC Board of Directors.  Congratulations Bob!

October 17, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the appointment of Bob Stolle as the new Senior Vice President for CIT Operations, where he will be responsible for the program development and the execution of support programs and services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, " Bob Stolle brings a wealth of experience in private and public sector management and technology and strategic economic development that will help guide the CIT organization as we explore new opportunities to deliver value to the Commonwealth."
Jobse said that Stolle will work in conjunction with CIT's leadership team to ensure that CIT is achieving client satisfaction and is positioned to grow existing programs, while strengthening the organization's ability to create new programs and services that solve market needs.
Since early 2011, Stolle had served as Vice President of CIT Regional Growth Programs, where he managed programs designed to maximize the growth of Virginia's regional technology industries. He came to CIT after four years as Executive Vice President and COO of Richmond-based Core Consulting and ten years as Executive Director of the Greater Richmond Technology Council.
Prior to that, he served in several key positions for the Commonwealth of Virginia during the Allen administration, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade where he was responsible for 15 state agencies and promoting economic and community development in the Commonwealth.
Stolle's private sector experience includes service as engineering director and executive management for the world's leading manufacturer of military and space simulation and training systems. He has served on the Commission on Information Technology and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission where he chaired the Intellectual Property Committee.
Stolle has served on the Technology Transition teams for Governors Warner, Kaine and McDonnell, and he served on Governor Warner's Higher Education Task Force and the Attorney General's Identity Theft Task Force, and Youth Internet Safety Task Force.
Other appointments include membership on Virginia Commonwealth University's Information Systems Advisory Board and on the Executive Advisory Committee at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business. Stolle is also Vice Chair of Virginia FIRST's Robotics Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Technology Alliance.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Stolle served on active duty and in the Reserves as a Navy pilot and retired with the rank of Commander.



Letter from the Governor Announcing the ALL Students Initiative


October 12, 2012


Dear Parents, Teachers, Students, Business and Community Leaders:


Last month I announced September as Educator Appreciation Month in Virginia, I heard countless stories about how education changes lives. I heard from parents who want better for their children and adults who credit a teacher with changing their life. Recently, I met a young man who was living in an abandoned apartment building with his mother and brother.  He credits his high school principal and teachers for live changing support and motivation. That young man is now enrolled in college. These inspiring stories remind us that access to a quality education system is a critical factor in determining a child's potential for success.


Today I am announcing the ALL STUDENTS initiative aimed at raising awareness about the critical role K-12 education plays in our Commonwealth. Over the weeks and months ahead, members of my Administration will tour the state discussing the need to ensure every student in every ZIP code is provided a high quality education, engaging with educators and other stakeholders, and asking parents for ideas and feedback. I encourage parents, educators and business leaders to work with my office to develop the best policies to strengthen Virginia's K-12 education system.  I will continue to work to ensure our children and grandchildren are provided an opportunity for a world class education.  Working together we can ensure all students are provided a quality education, regardless of zip code.


Promoting workforce development to ensure a college- or career-ready workforce is one of my top priorities. 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.


Please take a moment and visit www.ALLSTUDENTS.Virginia.Gov and reach out to my staff with ideas and opportunities for enhancing Virginia's K-12 education system. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and leadership. I look forward to engaging with you in the weeks and months ahead.



Bob McDonnell



ALL STUDENTS is an initiative launched by Governor Bob McDonnell to bring attention to the critical role K-12 education plays in our communities and our economy. We must be willing to consider strategies and structures that have been proven to address the achievement gap that continues to exist in the Commonwealth. We have a responsibility to ensure graduation rates rise and the rigor of our classroom challenges ALL STUDENTS. We have a responsibility to measure results and attainment and embed innovation in our education system. We have a responsibility to ensure ALL STUDENTS have the opportunity to learn.




FIRST Lego League STAUNTON & HARRISONBURG:  Looking for Volunteers


Staunton's FLL competition is on November 17th and we have received a request for volunteers to help them with judging and refereeing.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Susan Jenny at


...A note on the Harrisonburg FLL competition scheduled for November 3rd.  The SVTC is a sponsor of this event and we are proud that members of our organization step up to help.  Volunteers are always needed, so if you have half a day to give on November 3rd or on December 8th or 9th (for the state-level competition) please send us a note  - -Previous experience is NOT needed   ...   Come out and experience a BIG happy crowd of 9 - 14 year olds (with coaches and parents in tow) filling JMU's ISAT halls with excitement and chatter.

For more information on the competition visit SVTC's FIRST Lego League Page.

For additional information on how to get involved, here's a link to Virginia's FIRST Lego League Volunteer for FLL web page.



Virginia Business Incubation Association Annual Conference:  October 22-23, 2012

Double Tree Hotel, Charlottesville

Growing Your Own - Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills & Small Business Potential.

Repeated studies have shown that the majority of a region's economic growth comes from within and from new or expanding businesses. While business relocations are satisfying, they are not the driving force for success. Learn how to identify and develop the foundations for entrepreneurial success at the 2012 VBIA conference to be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 22-23, 2012.

Come and explore leading ideas to increase entrepreneurial and small business vitality in your community. Attendees will be exposed to innovative concepts and best practices from leading practitioners who will provide you with a framework on how to encourage economic growth from within.

For more information and to register visit


"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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Renewable Energy Research Projects at JMU

October 24, 2012, 12:00-5:00pm

ISAT Building, Room 259 (nTelos Room)


What renewable energy research projects are going on at James Madison University? Algae as biofuel? Renewable EV conversion? Two-Phase Energy System?

Join the Valley 25x25 team for a research review on Wednesday, October 24th from 12:00 - 5:00 PM in ISAT 259 (the nTelos room).  Presentations will highlight student efforts working with local biodiesel producers, a sustainability matrix analyzing poultry litter to energy technologies, an electric vehicle conversion project, and an exploration of sustainability as it relates to solar energy production to name a few.  All the details and full program can be found on the Research and Public Service webpage (on the side bar) or click for direct link to pdf.  Refreshments will be provided.

Off-campus visitors are welcome to attend, and should contact Ben Delp ( for parking info.

(What is Valley 25 x 25? Valley 25x'25 is devoted to helping the Shenandoah Valley achieve 25% renewable energy before the year 2025.   This goal is an ambitious one, and as the old saying goes "a thousand mile journey begins with the first step." We want to facilitate, celebrate, participate, collaborate, appreciate and generally try to help in any way we can to help achieve progress to a more sustainable future.  We are associated with the national 25x'25 organization, though we have our own vision and emphases, tailored to what is most appropriate for the Shenandoah Valley.  Valley 25x'25 is not committed to any particular technology, and we strive to be fair dealers concerning renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Although currently housed within James Madison University and associated with its Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Valley 25x'25 is intended to be shared community resource.  Our mission is explicitly focused on the Shenandoah Valley, including all of its residents, businesses, and other entities.) 


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Startup Weekend, Charlottesville: October 26-28, 2012

CitySpace, 100 5th Street Northeast, Charlottesville


Keynote Presenter:


Steph Hay, founder of FastCustomer, a 500 Startups Mentor, DC Lean Startup Circle Organizer, and an entrepreneurial rock star, will keynote the event! 


Learn more about Steph

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?


Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.


The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


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