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Google announces $1 billion job training and education program

Here are the key components of Google's effort:

-- The U.S. Grow with Google initiative will allow communities to access training and other resources from Google. A multi-city tour to kick off the effort will start Nov. 10 in Indianapolis.

-- The partnership with Goodwill aims to have 1,000 Google employees training 1.2 million people in digital skills and job opportunities over the next three years.

-- The global effort will provide $1 billion in grants to nonprofits around the world. Google is pledging 1 million employee volunteer hours as well.

October 18 Briefing in Cville on Grant Funding from CRCF

Seeking Technology Commercialization Funding? Join an October 18 briefing by CIT on the FY18 RFP for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). This multi-million dollar grant program supports technology commercialization projects in Virginia. UVA and Charlottesville-based companies have been major funding recipients in the past! RSVP here and get more details about the session here

GO Virginia Economic Development Plan Unveiling: Sept 13, 2017, 9AM

WHAT: Economic Growth & Diversification Plan The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GOVirginia) is working to restore Virginia's position of economic leadership by growing and diversifying the state's economy. This summer,  GO Virginia Regional Council 9 has been hard at work overseeing the development of our region’s Growth  and Diversification Plan. Be one of the first to see this plan, which provides the framework for projects eligible for GO Virginia funding and is very important to the future of our shared regional economy.  Highlights include recommendations for talent development, growing existing business, site readiness, and innovation.

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Cville Open Data Bootcamp: September 22, 2017

Come join us for a hands-on workshop that will...

  • introduce attendees to the city’s new open data portal

  • connect data enthusiasts and citizens

  • give time to build/prototype visualizations and apps that could improve our community alongside experts.

Who should attend...

Technologists, thoughtful citizens, data scientists, programmers, journalists, YOU

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Cville Tech Community Gathers to Brainstorm on Collaborative Response: Aug 31, 8AM

You Are Invited to the Cville Tech Community's Peaceful & Collaborative Response:

In life, we are at times offered the opportunity to step outside the day-to-day and use our talents to make a real difference in our world. The devastating violence of August 12th has brought unprecedented national and international attention on our city. Phrases like "before Charlottesville" and "after Charlottesville" are now used in national media as shorthand to refer to that violence.

The question is, will these events be seen as a turning point or just another milestone on a long and tragic path?

We believe that the Charlottesville community has a unique opportunity to come together and lead by example. While the tech community is but a single part of the broader Cville community, we are also a highly capable and well-networked group of people — and our industry is built around quickly finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

This opportunity is both fleeting, and as big as we want to make it. If we are to make a significant impact, we must work together. That's why this Thursday, the tech community will get together in person (along with the leaders of other civic groups in Charlottesville) for three short hours, to see what is possible.

We'll innovate. We'll work from any ideas that folks already have. And we'll set the stage for collaboration.

We can't do this without you. Come ready to brainstorm, as this will be a highly engaging and participant-driven event. The power of bringing the tech community together is evident during events like Startup Weekend and the recent Civic Innovation Day — together, we are capable of great things.

We are Charlottesville. Together, we can begin to lead our city out of the events of two weeks ago into a brighter, stronger, and more equitable future.

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Co-Organizers Jessica Glendinning and Lucas Cioffi

Who

This event is open to all members of the Cville tech community and any member of the Charlottesville community at large who is interested in brainstorming innovative & surprising solutions/responses to the events of August 12th.

What

The goal is to create space for people to propose ideas and collaborate around potential solutions in order to make an actual impact. (As currently envisioned, this event will be a mashup of formats — BeCamp, Civic Innovation Day, and Startup Weekend.)

When

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 8:30 am -11:30 am

8am for breakfast and mingling. We will start right on time to respect everyone's time. 

Where

Studio IX 

CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company

Source:  Center for Innovative Technology

Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has invested in Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Charlottesville Angel Network also participated in this investment round alongside CIT.

The Advanced Aircraft Company specializes in vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial systems, that target both the commercial and military markets.  AAC was founded by William J. Fredericks in October 2015 as a technology spin off from the NASA Langley Research Center.  While employed at NASA, Fredericks performed the conceptual design and lead the development of NASA’s Greased Lightning UAV technology. This technology is unique in that it is a true “no compromises” vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.  It achieves the aerodynamic efficiency of a conventional fixed wing airplane, while simultaneously achieving VTOL capability. AAC has developed a licensing agreement that allows the company to utilize the NASA technology in order to bring it to market.

In addition to the Greased Lightning, AAC has developed another cutting edge aircraft, which it will bring to market first, the Hercules unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Hercules is a multi-rotor UAS powered by electricity generated by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and features number of aerodynamic improvements. The unique aircraft features a streamlined aerodynamic design, which features hybrid electric propulsion that allows for longer flight times, and rigorous safety procedures that can be employed if the combustion engine fails.  These technologies enable the Hercules UAS to fly multiple hours, while other battery powered multi-rotors are limited to 20 to 30 minutes of flight time. 

Read full article at Globe Newswire

Albemarle County Economic Development Director Characteristics Feedback

Dear Community Members and Stakeholders, 

We are in the process of recruiting for the Economic Development Director of Albemarle County. Given the impact that this position has on the community, we want to offer an opportunity for many stakeholders to provide input on the qualifications and characteristics they think are most important for this position. This input will play an important role in helping to determine expectations as we move forward in the hiring process. We’ll use this input to shape our community profile/job posting and interview questions. 

Feedback Opportunities

Survey

If you are interested in adding your voice to this process, please visithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EconDevDir2017  to complete the survey by September 8, 2017

Focus Group Sessions

If you would like a face-to-face opportunity to provide feedback and have in-depth conversation with other stakeholders, we will be hosting two focus groups.   Both sessions will take place at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA (COB-McIntire) as follows:

Thursday, August 31, 8:00am – 9:00am, COB-McIntire Room 241

Wednesday, September 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, COB-McIntire Room 241

You do not need to sign up in advance.  

 

Thank you for your feedback in this important process,

 

Kimberly Shigeoka

Human Resource Generalist

Local Government

Albemarle County, VA

Ph: 434-296-5827 x5862

Website: www.albemarle.org

Mission Secure Completes Fourth Successful Financing


We are pleased to announce overwhelming investor support for another successful financing completed this month. Several early stage venture funds participated in the financing, in addition to high net worth, successful business leaders from across the U.S.

Our Story and the Financing
 
Mission Secure's largest financing to date will further our journey to protect control systems from cyber attacks in defense, oil & gas, power and transportation. The original concepts began in 2010 borne out of requests from the U.S. Department of Defense to identify cyber attacks on weapons systems and weapons platforms and still be able to carry out the mission - cyber resiliency. The University of Virginia began researching the topic leading to early prototypes for autonomous vehicles and various military applications. Successful entrepreneurs with proven track records taking novel technology and commercializing it for homeland security, public safety and clean energy co-founded Mission Secure in the summer of 2014 with the original UVA research team.

Full story can be found at Charlottesville Tomorrow here

beCamp

Join us for beCamp 
September 15th & 16th, 2017 at 
OpenSource Connections
608 Preston Avenue, Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA. 

Learn more: becamp.org

 

 

New Cville Drupal Users Group Kickoff Meeting

The Charlottesville Drupal Users Group is a community of designers, developers and communications specialists that share a special enthusiasm for our favorite open source content management software. We contribute code, experiences, tips and ideas in a friendly and open environment to help spread the success of Drupal to organizations and businesses across Central Virginia. 

Kickoff Meeting: Wed Jul 12, 7:00 PM at South Street Brewery

Event Info

Cville Women in Tech (CWIT) Maker Party

Makers are pushing the boundaries of entrepreneurship and creativity and anybody can do it! Join us at our Maker Party and get hands-on with some cool projects we’ve explored during our maker club sessions at Tinkersmiths and with Tech-Girls. Make your own LED bracelet, turn an every-day object into a musical instrument with Makey Makey, or learn how to control lights through the internet with Photon Kits!

As usual, food and drinks will be served.

This event is open only to attendees who identify as women.

Agenda

5:30-6:00 Arrive, eat, socialize
6:00-7:00 Presentation
7:00-7:30 Stay and network

Details and RSVP

City’s Open Data Portal Nears Launch

July 2, 2017

Tech-oriented and data-savvy folks soon will have the chance to dive deep into a new Charlottesville portal that will disclose public information about policing, property, traffic, parks, demographics and the environment.

The launch of the city’s open data portal later this summer is part of an initiative that started last year to make the city government more transparent and encourage the growth of the city’s tech industry.

“This is a really cool project,” Mayor Mike Signer said moments before the council unanimously adopted an official open data policy last month. “This will put us at the leading edge of governments doing this kind of thing.”

Read Full Story From The Daily Progress