Archive for May, 2011

Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council Announces 10th Annual Award Winners

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Our 10th Annual Awards Night and Technology banquet was a smashing success! We had a record crowd, lots of energy and excitement -we debuted a brilliant, short documentary video by Devin Olson Media on the Technology Council and technology growth in the Lynchburg regional area- we had a passionate keynote address from entrepreneur Cameron Johnson and much more. Many people were honored but the highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2011, 10th Annual Awards. From the official press release (which you can find: here or download the PDF version here) -

“Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council hosted the regional technology community at it’s 10th Annual Awards Night and Banquet on May 17, 2011 in downtown Lynchburg with a record crowd and an inspiring keynote by world-renowned entrepreneur Cameron Johnson. Four top winners were honored for their leadership and innovation among the technology community.

The Innovator of the Year award went to Ms. Isabelle Duston, nationally and internationally recognized founder and CEO at iLearn4Free Inc and CEO at Apps Of All Nations. Isabelle is a native of France and fluent in five languages and began her first business- Apps of All Nations -when she developed a series of iPhone cookbook apps. Her love of languages led to a second concept- ILearn4Free ipad apps. This nonprofit is helping children develop their native language reading skills in this new global and technological world.

This year’s Educator of the Year award went to Mr. Douglas Wickham. Doug has been involved with Lynchburg City Schools since 1990. Over the years he has served as Technology Education Teacher with the school system teaching both middle and high school students through STEM activities; as Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) with E.C. Glass High School where he served both students and teachers; and as Lynchburg’s first Network Administrator for Instruction in 2003. Since then, he has worked with all Lynchburg City School’s ITS’ to provide quality professional development for teachers in the areas of science, math and technology. He frequently works with both students and teachers by developing superior activities, instructional materials and innovative approaches to STEM education.

The Technology Company of the Year award went to B&W Nuclear Energy, Inc. With locations in Lynchburg, Campbell County and Bedford County, The Babcock & Wilcox Company is a global corporation with deep roots in Central Virginia. B&W has been a pillar in the region for more than 50 years and has significantly contributed to Central Virginia’s leadership in nuclear energy. B&W continues to grow and innovate through such efforts as the mPower reactor program, their involvement with the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research’s new facility in New London Technology Park and their constant pursuit for the future of nuclear power. Accepting the award for Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc. was Mr. Jeff Halfinger, Vice President for Technology Development for the B&W mPower reactor program.

Finally, the Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Mr. Allen Leath, President of L&R Precision Tooling, Inc. Allen has demonstrated outstanding success in the development of his company, a commercial-based manufacturer of parts for a multitude of technology-based applications. L&R began in 1997 with three employees and today employees 33 people with their present operations in the 58,000sq ft. former Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Lynchburg. A man of high integrity, Mr. Leath focuses on providing quality and value to his clients, a good work environment for his employees, and support for his community.

The Region 2000 Technology Council is pleased to announce these winners of the 10th Annual Awards Night and is honored to be a part of such a vibrant and growing technology community here in our region.”




Virginia’s Region 2000: A Continuum of Technology Growth (new video)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

On the evening of May 17, 2011 at our 10th Annual Awards Night and Banquet we called together the regional technology community to celebrate with us the past, present and future of technology in Virginia’s Region 2000- the 2000 square miles in and around Lynchburg. It was an incredible evening as we looked back on what we have collectively accomplished, reaffirmed the need for collaboration, and set the stage for a new spirit of entrepreneurship for the days ahead (big thanks to entrepreneur Cameron Johnson for his keynote address).

As a part of our evening we premiered a powerful, short documentary video produced by outstanding talent, Devin Olson of Devin Olson Media that sums up the Region 2000 Technology Council’s past ten years and it’s impact on the wider community. It was deeply inspiring and we know many of you are eager to watch it again and share it with others. Here is the video: ‘Virginia’s Region 2000: A Continuum of Technology Growth‘. Enjoy!

UVA’s NanoSTAR Institute Hosts 2011 Nanotechnology Symposium | May 24-25

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The University of Virginia’s Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research is hosting their ‘2011 nanoSTAR Spring Symposium‘ May 24-25, 2011. Dr. Daniel Rugar will be giving the Eminent Speaker Address “Nanoscale Magnetic Resonance Imaging –The Quest for a Molecular Structure Microscope”. Other speakers will present on nanotechnology in medicine, electronics and energy and the environment.

“…This year’s program will continue to showcase the nanotechnology activities at the University of Virginia. The meeting promises to be an outstanding event with an extended poster session and reception, great speakers and external participation and lab tours the morning after the close!…”

For more details and a schedule of events please see the flyer below (PDF) or download from the UVA website.
For more information on UVA’s NanoSTAR Institute go: here.


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Member Spotlight: Virginia Technical Institute & Successful Innovations Inc

Thursday, May 5th, 2011


This month’s Member Spotlight features two organizations that are pursuing excellence and innovation in the realm of education. For May we feature Kate Blair of Virginia Technical Institute and Darlene Mack of Successful Innovations, Inc.

Virginia Technical Institute
(interview with Kate Blair)

R2KTC: Tell us about Virginia Technical Institute.

VTI: Virginia Technical Institute is a Vocational School specializing in Commercial and Industrial Trades.

R2KTC: What do you see trending in your industry?

VTI: Being that the job market has changed in this area, we see trades training becoming more prominent when an employer is seeking for new positions.

R2KTC: What is your specialty?

VTI: We currently specialize in Plumbing, HVAC, Welding, and Electrical. We are also implementing OSHA 10 (Safety) in our Core Class, AWS Certification in our Welding classes, and EPA Certifications in our HVAC classes.

R2KTC: How has your industry changed in the last year or two?

VTI: Getting specialized Certifications (OSHA 10, AWS, EPA) is becoming more of a need in the construction fields in this region.

R2KTC: What do you like about living and working in Region 2000?

VTI: The quality public school system, small town living with big city amenities, and it’s a great place to raise a family.

For more information about Virginia Technical Institute, please visit their website at:

Successful Innovations, Inc.
(interview with Darlene Mack)

R2KTC: Tell us about Successful Innovations:

SI: Successful Innovations, Inc is a women-owned educational consulting company specializing in family engagement resources and services to support school districts in their school reform efforts.

R2KTC: What do you see trending in your industry?

SI: The United States Department of Education has doubled federal funding for school districts to support family engagement. We see parent involvement / family engagement strategies as an area requiring increased attention over the next few years. Many school administrators are seeing the impact that meaningful family engagement has on student achievement.

R2KTC: What is your specialty?

SI: Our specialty is interactive family engagement resources designed to make it easier for parents to understand how to support their child’s education. We also specialize in professional development services for school educators and administrators on a variety of instructional topics and family engagement strategies.

R2KTC: How has your industry changed in the last year or two?

SI: We are seeing an increased emphasis on family engagement in our schools. Last year, the Family Engagement Act (HR 5211) was introduced in the House of Representatives to provide incentives for schools to close the achievement gap through meaningful family engagement efforts.

R2KTC: What do you like about living and working in Region 2000?

SI: We love this area because we are so fortunate to have many great schools, colleges, and teachers in our region. We often highlight “best practices” from our region’s schools and teachers as we provide support to schools in other states.

R2KTC: Is there anything else that you want to tell us?

SI: Currently, our family engagement resources are in 32 states and Puerto Rico. We want to continue to make connections in more states as well as in the international markets.

For more information about Successful Innovations, please visit their website at:

Region 2000 Hosts Bike To Work Challenge | May 16 – 20

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Region 2000 Greenway Alliance, a newly formed, ad-hoc committee that champions the promotion and implementation of trails and on-road bicycle facilities in Lynchburg and the surrounding region, will host the first ever Region 2000 Bike Week as part of National Bike Week, May 16-20, 2011.

During the week, the Greenway Alliance will host several events to encourage residents to get out and use their bicycles. One event is the Region 2000 Bike to Work Challenge, a week-long event to challenge individuals to bike or commute to work through a combination of biking, walking, or transit for one or more days during the week.

According to Kelly Hitchcock, Region 2000 Greenway Alliance organizer, event planners are hoping to engage local companies in promoting the Bike to Work challenge internally with their employees.  A webpage has been set up where companies can register as a group participant, and individuals can register and document their plans for biking, walking, taking public transportation or carpooling with friends.

“The idea here is to get people thinking about alternatives in transportation and to do something that gets them on track to a healthier lifestyle, Kelly said.

For more information about the Region 2000 Bike to Work Challenge or Bike Week, please contact Kelly Hitchcock. Review all local Bike Week activities and register for the Challenge here.

Need a refresh on Bike laws or safety in Virginia? The League of American Bicyclists offers helpful resources here.

Acceler8 Business Growth Forum | June 1st

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

We’re excited to invite technology-based entrepreneurs and business owners in the Lynchburg regional area to ‘Acceler8: Business Growth Forum‘ June 1. This free event is designed to help you discover the wide range of business resources available to you to help you grow your business or launch a new venture. Sample topics include: angel & gap financing, federal funding, business optimization, state assistance programs and planning for success.

Event Schedule:

1:00 – Welcome Remarks from R2KTC & CVCC

1:10  – Center for Innovative Technology – Gap Fund

1:30  – Southside Business Technology Center

1:45  – VA Department of Business Assistance

2:00  – Networking Break

2:15  – Genedge Alliance

2:30  – Center for Innovative Technology – Federal Funding

2:45  – General Q&A Session

3:00  – Concluding Remarks and Break Out Sessions for
one-on-one meetings with presenters.

One-on-one sessions will be scheduled upon registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.


When: June 1, 2011 | 1 pm
Where: Central Virginia Community College, Merritt Hall (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Cost: FREE

REGISTER BELOW and spread the word!

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