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October 30, 2015
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SVTC Luncheon: Sandie Terry on Broadband Initiatives (November 19)
SVTC's Oct. Bits and Grits (Oct 20)
Virginia Women's Conference 2015 (Nov 21)
Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015
Job Opportunity: Database Administrator - TSSi
Member News from Lord Fairfax Community College
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SVTC Luncheon Nov. luncheon:
Sandie Terry, CIT: Broadband Initiatives; plus, info on a federal initiative (First Net)
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. 

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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Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015
Weds., 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.

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. 

>> Congratulations << Member News from Lord Fairfax Community College

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Lord Fairfax Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2021. Only two community colleges in Virginia have earned this designation.

Congratulations, LFCC!

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.
For more information about the November 10th open house, call Paradise Energy Solutions at 877-851-9269 or online at

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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