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The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are creators and users of technology who gather together for education, networking and business development. By helping technology businesses in the area succeed and grow, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is an integral component of the region, helping to bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley.
Nicky Swayne, CEO
Mailing Address: 800 S. Main Street | MSC 3615 | Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
Physical Address: 127 W Bruce Street | Ice House | Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 568-7882 | email@example.com
2022 STEM and Tech Summer Activities in the Shenandoah Valley/in Blog/by Brent
We know that both parents and kids are ready for some summer fun after the school year so we’ve gathered a LONG listing of local tech activities for kids for the summer of 2022! Ranging from workshops to camps, this summer could be full of technology and STEM activities. Browse our blog post to see […]
TechNite 22 Recap/in Blog/by Brent
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Congratulates 22 Nominees & 8 winners of Tech Nite 22 Harrisonburg, VA, May 6, 2022 – Once a year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC), the Valley’s regional organization for technology users and creators, recognizes and highlights the achievements of Shenandoah Valley technology firms, organizations, programs, and projects — and the […]
Virginia Announces the Deployment of $2 Billion to Achieve Near-Universal Broadband/in Blog/by Brent
Richmond VA, December 13, 2021. New grants will advance Virginia 90% to the goal of achieving universal access to broadband and high-speed internet, placing Virginia on track to being one of the first states to successfully chart a path to universal access to broadband. The dramatic progress results from a combination of state, federal, local, […]
S.V. College Career and Internship Fairs, winter/spring 2022/in Blog/by Brent
JMU Campus – Wide Career Fair Tuesday, February 15 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 16 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m. Festival Ballroom This career fair is open to all JMU students across all majors and class years, as over 100 employers from multiple industries are coming to campus to recruit JMU talent […]
Rural Broadband [RuralRISE]/in Blog/by Brent
Now more than ever, the voices, thoughts, and input of rural communities are critical to reshaping and reopening the American economy. One of the most critical pieces is connectivity, internet, and broadband access. To help inform public policymakers about the true nature of the challenges and opportunities that rural communities face, we are developing […]
Virginia Technology Councils’ 2022 Policy Agenda/in Blog, News/by Brent
The Virginia Technology Councils’ 2022 Policy Agenda is a collaborative summary statement created by the tech councils in Virginia during December of the previous year . Education & Workforce Development In order for Virginia’s businesses to grow and thrive, they need well-trained and highly skilled employees. In the technology industry, Virginia continues to experience a […]
Delivery of the 2021 Tech Nite Award Pillars/in Blog, News/by Brent
Face to Face Networking at Our Annual Fall Tech Mixer: We Distributed 5 of 8 Tech Nite Award Pillars in Person This fall, we had the opportunity to gather in person, outside, network, and catch up, and best of all, we were able to deliver 5 of 8 Tech Nite award pillars. Of course, Tech […]
$1.5 Million in Grants to Grow Entrepreneur Support in Shenandoah Valley/in Blog/by Brent
The first step of the Build to Scale Grant is creating a regional coalition, which includes coming up with a common language and brand that tells people about all the entrepreneurs and opportunities that are in the area. “We’re really, really good at talking about our beautiful outdoor recreation and all the amazing small towns […]
The SVTC Welcomes New Directors July 1, 2021/in Blog/by Brent
We’re delighted to introduce our board of directors 2021-2022. Some are returning directors who’ll serve again, some are new.
SVTC Continues Shen. Valley Broadband Discussion in a Slack channel/in Blog, News/by Brent
In April 2021, SVTC luncheon attendees discussed the state of state and local Shen. Valley broadband. The conversation continues. How can broadband coverage be improved?
Support for Local Air Service Grows with Creation of Community Air Service Task Force/in Blog/by Brent
It has been an incredible three years for Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD). After announcing their non-stop United Express jet service powered by SkyWest in April 2018, SHD experienced record passenger numbers, added additional flights in the fall of 2018 as a result of the passenger increase, and was endorsed as the Official Airport of James […]
2021 STEM and Tech Summer Activities in the Shenandoah Valley/in Blog/by Brent
Looking for 2021 STEM and tech summer activities? Then look no further! We know that both parents and kids are ready for some summer fun after a long year of staying at home, so we’ve gathered a listing of local tech activities for kids for the summer of 2021!
Seeking Volunteers for ENTIRELY ONLINE Harrisonburg FIRST LEGO League Tournament/in Blog/by Brent
The Harrisonburg FLL Regional tournament is in need of volunteers to referee and judge for the upcoming competition on Saturday, February 6th.
SVTC Offering Start-Up Grants for FIRST LEGO League Teams/in Blog/by Brent
Looking for a grant to help start up your FLL team? Each year, SVTC sponsors up to three new FLL teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.
Virginia Technology Councils’ 2021 Policy Agenda/in Blog, News/by Brent
In order for Virginia’s businesses to grow and thrive, they need well-trained and highly skilled employees. In the technology industry, Virginia continues to experience a shortage of trained workers.
Shenandoah Valley Business Resources/in Blog, News/by Brent
We all know that Shenandoah Valley businesses and potential startups have been affecting during this time. Below, you can find information about two programs that provide access to resources for both startup companies and growing businesses.
SVTC announces 25 nominees and will offer interactive networking at annual premier event for tech users and creators on Oct. 7/in Blog/by Brent
Like so many conferences and events intended to be held this year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) has moved its premier annual event, TechNite20, to a virtual format due to COVID-19. “Like many organizations these days, we are pivoting,” says Nicky Swayne, chief executive officer of the SVTC. “We received a nice line-up of […]
Most Youth Summer Camps Moving Online This Summer/in Blog/by Brent
In an effort to keep our region safe and healthy several youth programs, camps, and classes throughout the Valley have been canceled this summer. However, a few organizations have found creative ways to hold these camps virtually. These can be a great alternative to the original, as they’ve been designed to keep children engaged and entertained by providing educational content.
STEM Winter Youth Programs/in Blog/by Brent
As you plan your kid’s fall/winter activities, check out JMU’s STEM winter youth programs: College for Kids College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades rising K-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, […]
2019 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams/in Blog/by Brent
Looking for a grant to help start up your FLL team? Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350. To be eligible, teams must be located in the footprint […]
The SVTC Announces New Directors to the Board Beginning July 1, 2019/in Blog/by Brent
We’re delighted to announce that we have newly appointed directors to our board as an outcome of our last election! The SVTC Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires.
2019 Valley Summer Tech Activities/in Blog/by Brent
We’ve gathered a listing of local tech activities for kids for the summer of 2019! Ranging from workshops to camps, this summer is full of technology and STEM fun. Browse the links below and/or share the list with others!
SVTC Members Staunton Innovation Hub and JMU X-Labs Receive Good News: GO Virginia Grant Awarded for Tech-Lab Feasibility Study/in Blog/by Brent
December 24, 2018 (Staunton, VA) The Staunton Innovation Hub (SIH) has been awarded a $23,000 grant from the GO Virginia Region 8 Council to complete a feasibility study. This intensive study will determine if area students and entrepreneurs will benefit from access to a “Tech-Lab” with its specialized capabilities by […]
What have we been doing this fall? Focusing on technology, tech-based business creation, and helping to create the future Valley workforce!/in Blog/by Brent
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council has worked hard this fall to help GROW the Valley’s future tech workforce, help CREATE new tech-based businesses, and connect grant seekers/ researchers with those that have the resources. We’re strengthening the tech “fabric” of the Shenandoah Valley. We’ve had a blast facilitating and engaging with these endeavors. Sometimes […]
The SVTC Membership Directory: Connecting Companies/in Blog/by Brent
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is very pleased to announce a recent success as a result of the SVTC membership directory, a searchable online directory where we list our members. When Kristy Rhea from Bridgewater College was in need of a local web development company, she decided to browse the SVTC membership directory for a […]
The SVTC Announces New Directors to the Board/in Blog/by Brent
We’re delighted to announce that we have newly appointed directors to our board as an outcome of our last election! The SVTC Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the SVTC holds an election in the spring of […]
Submit Your Ideas to Our Programming 2018-2019/in Blog/by Brent
Be an active member! Tell us what sort of programming, topics, or site visits would you like to participate in September 2018 through June 2019. What tech topics are on your mind? What makes a techie’s heart skip a beat? Is there an organization, program, team, or business location you’d like to hear from or visit? We’ve […]
8 Reasons to Be an SVTC Member/in Blog/by Nicky Swayne
From unbeatable networking with fellow S.V. tech leaders, to helping build the regional technology ecosystem so we can keep top-rated knowledge workers in the Valley, to enjoying a much-expanded online membership directory, to attending monthly & quarterly events such as luncheons, members-only tours and Tech Nite – this is how and where the Shenandoah Valley technology community connects and thrives.
Shenandoah Valley Kids’ Summer Tech Activities 2018/in Blog/by Brent
We’ve gathered a listing of local technology activities for kids for this summer! Ranging from workshops to camps, this summer is full of technology fun. Browse the links and/or share the list with others!
2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams/in Blog/by Brent
Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.
Tech Nite 18 | Nominees | Reservations Open | Voting Has Begun!/in Blog/by Brent
Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s premier annual tech gathering, highlighting the Valley’s achievements and innovation in 8 award categories. On May 2, 2018 attendees will gather at JMU’s Festival Center for Tech Nite 18 to recognize…
January 2018 Luncheon | Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins. What is that and should I care?/in Blog/by Nicky Swayne
Registration is open for our Jan. 25, 2018 luncheon. Bitcoin turned eight years old this month, but many people are only just now learning about the cryptocurrency. At our Jan. 25, 2018 luncheon Dr. Benton helps us break down bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain and how we think about the global economy, currencies, and the underlying technologies. Key issues he will discuss are trust, control, consensus, and value.