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December 7, 2012 - click headlines for quick navigation 


Registration Closed for Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast, Dec 10th - See You There!

FIRST LEGO League State Tournament This Weekend - December 8 & 9th

SVTC Bits & Grits: December 18, 2012

Lord Fairfax Community College, Workforce Solutions Winter/Spring 2013 Schedule

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

Member News: Inc. Names Cadence to List of Top Manufacturers for Job Creation

CIT Announces FY2013 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)

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.


REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT...We look forward to seeing everyone who registered. (Attendance confirmation emails -incl. parking instructions- were sent on Friday.)


On Monday we will 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:




Join us for: FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state tournament, Dec. 8 & 9


The FLL state tournament is in Harrisonburg this weekend, December 8th and 9th. 

100 enthusiastic 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 this weekend!  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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Lord Fairfax Community College, Workforce Solutions Winter/Spring 2013 Schedule

LFCC Workforce Solutions offers a wide variety of courses designed with YOU in mind. Click here to check out their winter/spring 2013 schedule.


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:  Inc. Names Cadence to List of Top Manufacturers for Job Creation

Staunton, VA - December 6, 2012 - Cadence, Inc., a leading provider of medical device outsourcing solutions, announced today that they have been named one of the top ten manufacturers in the United States by Inc. Hire Power Awards. Inc. is the publisher of Inc. Magazine and Inc. 500 | 5000.

The Hire Power Awards rank for-profit and non-profit companies by how many new jobs they have added over the past three years.

Cadence, Inc. was recognized as:

  • #1 manufacturer in VA
  • #5 manufacturer in the US
  • One of only two healthcare manufacturers who made the top 10 list for manufacturing

Inc. recognized Cadence for their addition of 79 employees in the last three years (a total of 279 employees). Beyond the numbers already mentioned, Cadence has added an additional 56 positions, bringing their current total for December 2012 to 335 employees.

Alan Connor, President of Cadence, Inc., said, "We are honored to be recognized as the number one manufacturer in Virginia for job creation by Inc. We have a great team of employees who are committed to our mission to improve patient outcomes. These employees enable Cadence to open the door for more employees to help us continue our mission."

Hire Power Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony tonight at the Mead Center in Washington, DC.


CIT Announces FY2013 Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
Eligible applicants invited to apply for $4.8 million in CRCF funds

December 4, 2012 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2013 Request for Proposals (RFP). CRCF advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high potential technology companies, and strengthen collaboration and partnerships among academia, business and industry. CRCF awards contribute to the Commonwealth's overall plan to enhance economic development through technology research and commercialization.

Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly appropriated $4.8 million to the Fund for each year of the FY2013-14 biennium. Five programs are eligible for award during this solicitation: Commercialization, Facilities Enhancement Loan, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds and STTR Matching Funds.

CRCF funding is available to public and private institutions of higher education, private sector businesses, research institutes, federal labs, and political subdivisions. Awards from the Fund further the goals and industry opportunities set forth the in the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap; eligible technologies include cyber security, energy,  information technology, life sciences, modeling and simulation, and nuclear physics and are discussed in program-specific guidelines.

Proposals are due on January 18, 2013 and award announcements are planned for late April 2013. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by December 17, 2012 to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

Details on the FY2013 solicitation are available on CIT's website at Resources including webinars, FAQs and application checklists are also available at this site to assist applicants in the CRCF process. CIT staff are available for questions by emailing

The FY2013 CRCF RFP follows two successful solicitations in FY2012. Forty-seven awards for $5.84 million were made to organizations across the Commonwealth representing academia, private sector businesses and research institutes. CIT monitors the progress of these projects and discusses outcomes and successes in an Annual Report submitted to the state. The FY2012 report can be viewed online at


"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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