We Bring Technology Users And Creators Together.

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization serving the greater Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its members are technology creators and users 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 bring high-paying technology jobs to the Valley.

It All Began With The SVTC Grant Charter.

On May 12, 1997 the governor of Virginia unveiled a document titled “Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia.” This document detailed the strategic planning for economic development of various industries across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Working in conjunction with government-established committees, Dr. John Noftsinger of James Madison University (JMU) helped develop a technology council in Harrisonburg through a grant written by JMU’s office of Research and Program innovation. Thus in 1997, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council was established. The current council membership consists of business, government and education leaders acting as technology design, infrastructure and application advocates and users.

Early on the founders decided that there is no need to establish geographic boundaries for the SVTC footprint. Companies and public entities will self-select based on the cost and perceived value of membership. SVTC is to evolve as a community of shared interests and values without regard to place. Everyone is welcome to join: individuals, students, organizations, and companies of all sizes.

Support SVTC To Advance Technology In Our Area.

The importance of technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia has grown tremendously over the past decade. Virginia is experiencing significant economic growth at this time. This growth has been fueled by the substantial growth of information technology in many parts of the state. The draft “Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia” underlines the importance of this. However, as the Blueprint distinctly communicates, “if significant investments in its capacity to grow and support this sector are not made, its success will be short lived.” For that reason, the tech council actively advocates for —and participates in— many local early (start-up) entrepreneurial activities. To strengthen the local innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem we:

  • support FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams and their regional and state competitions with grants, volunteer hours, and publicity;
  • collaborate with local non-profits, legislators, and educational institutions from Kindergarten through college on technology and business events and projects
  • participate actively with the regional Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (svic.biz)
  • represent technology-based businesses at the Region 8 GOVirginia board

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council is one of original 10 councils in the state of Virginia. During the year our members network and collaborate with the other councils throughout Virginia as part of their membership benefits.

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