On Monday, Jan. 19, the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition presented its 2015 Policy Statement to members of the Northern Virginia delegation of the General Assembly. The Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition is a coalition that includes NVTC along with other chambers of commerce and industry groups throughout Northern Virginia that share a common belief that greater investment in regional transportation infrastructure is essential to Northern Virginia’s future economic competiveness and quality of life.
January 16, 2015
NVTC Supports Startup Act Introduced by Senators Warner and Kaine
On Friday, Jan. 16, U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) along with a bipartisan group of six Senate colleagues introduced the Startup Act, a renewed bipartisan jobs and high-skilled immigration bill to bolster entrepreneurship and innovation nationwide. In support of the legislation, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg made a statement on behalf of NVTC and its membership.
January 13, 2015
Keep Up to Date with NVTC's Policy Efforts
Wednesday, Jan. 14 marks the first day of the 2015 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly. NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the legislative session.
January 6, 2015
NVTC Outlines 2015 Legislative Priorities
On Jan. 6, NVTC Chairman Sudhakar Kesavan, chairman and CEO of ICF International, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg sent NVTC’s 2015 Legislative Agenda to all members of the Virginia General Assembly and to the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and senior officials of the McAuliffe administration.
On Dec. 10, NVTC hosted a lunch roundtable with NVTC Chair Emeritus John Backus, managing partner, New Atlantic Ventures. At this event, a group of NVTC members had the unique opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn from Backus’ experience in venture capital investing.
On Dec. 9, the National Military Family Association presented Patrick Gusman, president of the Equal Footing Foundation, with the Anna C. Chennalt Award.
On Monday, Dec. 8 at TechCelebration: NVTC’s annual banquet, NVTC announced the winners of the 2014 Tech Awards, a new awards program honoring groundbreaking companies, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community. All winners were selected by a panel of judges, with the exception of the two Tech Company of the Year categories, which were chosen through online voting leading up to the event.
Last night, the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet. The event featured the presentation of the inaugural 2014 NVTC Tech Awards, a new awards program honoring groundbreaking companies, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community. The event also featured Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO and President Wes Bush, who made remarks in accepting the new Pinnacle Award, as well as Northern Virginia Community College President Bob Templin, who was awarded the Earl C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award.
On Dec. 2, NVTC Chairman Sudhakar Kesavan, Chairman & CEO of ICF International, was inducted as a Laureate into the Washington Business Hall of Fame, which honors exceptional business leaders and entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the Greater Washington area.
November 18, 2014
Nation's Cybersecurity Experts Featured at Nov. 18 Titans
On Nov. 18, more than 500 members of the region’s technology community gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for a Titans breakfast featuring three of our nation's top names in cybersecurity: Army Cyber Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
November 18, 2014
NVTC Presents Chairman’s Awards to Representatives Moran and Wolf
At the Titans Breakfast on Nov. 18, NVTC presented the 2014 Chairman's Award to Reps. Frank R. Wolf and James P. Moran, on the eve of their retirements from Congress. The awards are in recognition of their advocacy for critical regional priorities and service to the technology community during their combined 58 years in Congress.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe met with more than 30 entrepreneurs and technology executives at CIT’s Mach37 Cybersecurity Accelerator on Monday, Nov. 17 to discuss Virginia’s innovation economy.
NVTC Vice Chair Anne Altman of IBM and Member Company Agilex Win Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
November 12, 2014
NVTC Announces Support of the Washington 2024 Summer Olympic Bid
The NVTC Board of Directors voted unanimously on November 12th to support Washington 2024 and their efforts to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Capital Region.
November 10, 2014
NVTC Member Appointed to Gov. McAuliffe’s Administration
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced additional appointments to his administration.Congratulations to The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ program alum Wayne P. Stilwell of NVTC member Stilwell Technology, who was named to the GenEdge Alliance (aka A. L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Trustees).
November 10, 2014
NVTC Provides Input on Internet Sales Tax Legislation
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has asked for NVTC input and feedback on alternative legislative proposals for Internet sales tax collection that his Committee is considering in lieu of the Marketplace Fairness Act that passed the Senate last year. On Friday, NVTC Executive Committee members participated in a conference call with House Judiciary Committee Counsel and staff to discuss Congressman Goodlatte’s alternative solution.
On Oct. 30, Buddy RizerDirector of Loudoun Economic Development, was honored as the first Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Person of the Year by NVTC’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee.
October 23, 2014
NVTC Members Named to Washington Business Journal Power 100 List
On Oct. 23, Washington Business Journal published the Power 100, a list of the region’s most powerful business leaders, including 28 executives from NVTC member companies and academic institutions.
All NVTC members are invited to participate on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014. During the call, NVTC leaders will seek member input on ideas and initiatives for the NVTC Executive Committee to consider as it drafts NVTC's goals and priorities to support NVTC advocacy efforts in Richmond during the 2015 legislative session.
The Professional Services Council (PSC) and NVTC recently signed an updated exclusive memorandum of understanding (MOU) re-establishing areas of mutual benefit for and leveraging the participating organizations' strengths.
On Sept. 30, NVTC hosted a lunch roundtable with NVTC Board member Linnie Haynesworth, vice president and general manager of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division at Northrop Grumman Information Systems.
September 23, 2014
NVTC Celebrates Veterans Employment Initiative Anniversary
On Tuesday, September 23, NVTC hosted a briefing to celebrate the anniversary and highlight the programs of the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI). NVTC Board member and VEI Co-Chair David Lucien of DCL Associates kicked off the event, which was hosted at ICF International in Fairfax, by sharing some of the Initiative’s goals and successes since it was launched in August 2013.
On September 17, about 400 members of the region’s technology community gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the first NVTC Titans event of the 2014-2015 season. The breakfast featured Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL Inc., who discussed mega trends in the digital media industry.
September 16, 2014
Virginia Senate Candidate Ed Gillespie Addresses NVTC
Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for Senate in November, addressed the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at LMI in McLean. During the meeting, Gillespie shared highlights of his economic growth agenda, which includes healthcare reform, tax and regulatory relief, unleashing American energy, education reform, and cutting wasteful spending and balancing the budget.
September 9, 2014
NVTC Announces Creation of NEW Big Data and Analytics Committee
Building on the previous work of the NVTC Big Data Task Force and the research report released by NVTC, the George Washington University and Attain LLC in May, NVTC is announcing the creation of a new committee focused on Big Data and Analytics in the region.
September 9, 2014
Virginia Named a Top State in 2014 State Technology Survey
Virginia is one of eight states to earn an A grade in the 2014 Digital States Survey, released by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government, a government research and advisory institute. The evaluation survey of the digital technology practices of all 50 states assigned each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations.
Virginia Senatorial candidates Sen. Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie joined co-hosts NVTC and Microsoft on Monday, September 8 for a Technology Town Hall Forum at Microsoft's Reston offices. In front of an audience of about 150 technology business leaders, the candidates met and shook hands before appearing in separate sessions to share their insights on business and technology issues facing the country and what they would do to encourage innovation and growth if elected to the Senate.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council joined the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce in co-hosting a Town Hall Forum with 10th Congressional District candidates Barbara Comstock and John Foust on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Dominion’s Herndon offices.
August 24, 2014
Run! Geek! Run! Raises Funds for the Equal Footing Foundation
The seventh annual Run! Geek! Run!, the first 5K edition of the race, was held on August 24 at Fairfax Corner Shopping Center with 400 runners participating. The mild temperature and good weather was perfect for the race, which raised funds for the Equal Footing Foundation (EFF), a charitable arm of NVTC.
August 19, 2014
Thank You Committee Leaders!
NVTC committees help meet the needs of members through a series of networking and professional development opportunities where members can meet potential clients, build relationships, and learn about trends in the technology industry. A special thank you to all the leaders of our committees who have provided invaluable service during the previous fiscal year!
The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in approving bipartisan legislation to begin reforming the troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation, which includes U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner’s (D-VA) initiative to enlist the pro bono assistance of NVTC to help fix the VA’s broken scheduling system, is expected to be signed into law by the President as soon as this week.
On Monday, July 28, NVTC hosted the Inaugural Veterans Initiative Sporting Clays Tournament at Bull Run Shooting Center in Centreville, Va. Participants enjoyed warm, sunny weather as they competed on the 14-station course.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently congratulated nine Virginia counties that received top rankings in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Winners included Fairfax County (third place, 500,000 or more population), Loudoun (second place, 250,000-499,999 population), and Arlington County (fourth place, 150,000-249,999 population).
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced appointments to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates (GACRE). The Advisory Council provides the Governor with feedback and advice to assist him in making annual state revenue estimates with respect to economic assumptions and the general economic climate of the Commonwealth.
NVTC today announced the fiscal year 2014-2015 officers of the Board of Directors as well as the election of 23 new and returning Board members, including five Chair’s appointees and two individuals appointed to the Senior Advisory Group of the NVTC Board.
On July 8, Bill Knight, president and CEO of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, to be held in Fairfax County, joined the NVTC Board of Directors at Sprint in Reston to discuss the games and their positive impact on the Northern Virginia region.The World Police and Fire Games, an Olympic style competition, recognizes first responders “who put duty and service before ourselves, honoring those who have sacrificed for the greater good,” according to Fairfax 2015, the 501c3 nonprofit organizing committee.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced on Tuesday, July 8 that Northrop Grumman Corporation will be the lead sponsor of the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, contributing $250,000 to help veterans with what they identify as their greatest challenge in transitioning to civilian life: finding a job.
On Wednesday, July 2, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg attended a gubernatorial bill signing ceremony where Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed into law two of NVTC’s 2014 legislative priorities: legislation to strengthen Virginia's R&D tax credit and legislation to crack down on patent trolls who target Virginia businesses.
Members of Northern Virginia's hottest technology scene gathered on Tuesday, June 24, at the 13th Annual Hot Ticket Awards at Redskins Park in Ashburn. More than 400 attendees celebrated the awardees, who were announced at the event. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner and cocktails as they mixed and mingled on the Redskins practice field, enjoying a great night of networking and fun.
NVTC and a coalition of technology associations recently sent a letter to Governor McAuliffe in opposition to the Virginia DMV’s cease and desist operation order against Uber.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner sent a letter to President Obama offering private sector assistance from NVTC member companies to address the current IT and workflow challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), paralleling the successful partnership between his office and NVTC at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010-2011.
On June 4, NVTC hosted a Lunch & Learn event with NVTC Board member Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. At this event, a targeted group of C-level executives from NVTC small business members had the unique opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn from Shapiro's expert knowledge of technology and business issues.
More than 850 people gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for the 18th Annual NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards on June 2. The CFO Awards recognize local chief financial officers and financiers for outstanding achievement and excellence in promoting the area's technology community.
On May 13, more than 50 students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. participated in the Equal Footing Foundation’s inaugural Innovation Afternoon. The event, “The Power of Google Glass to Disrupt the Opportunity Divide,” allowed students to discuss the potential social and business impacts of this disruptive technology as it moves towards widespread adoption.
May 13, 2014
Virginia Senator Mark Warner Addresses NVTC
Sen. Mark Warner, who is running for reelection in November, joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 13, at LMI in McLean. During the meeting, Warner shared highlights of his recent work in the Senate, including passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, which requires standardized reporting of federal spending, allowing citizens to track spending in their communities.
Congratulations to NVTC Board member Jennifer Morgan of SAP, who was recently promoted from her former position of Regulated Industries president to her new position as president of the company’s North American arm — SAP North America.
NVTC, the George Washington University and Attain LLC released a research report at a launch event on Friday, May 9. The report, Big Data and Analytics in Northern Virginia and the Potomac Region, was conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics and highlights the depth and breadth of Big Data experience, expertise and assets in Northern Virginia and the Potomac region.
May 8, 2014
Jeff Novak of AOL Elected as TechPAC Chair
The NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees announced on May 7 that it has elected AOL Chief Counsel of Litigation and Compliance, Vice President of State Public Policy Jeff Novak to serve as TechPAC Chair.
May 6, 2014
Virginia Announces New Partnership with Forbes
Gov. McAuliffe and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership are partnering with Forbes to produce a special Virginia advertorial section that will run in one of the magazine’s most popular issues. “Virginia: Investing in Innovation” will run in the October 20, 2014, Forbes 400 issue.
As Northern Virginia continues to face a gap in skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, NVTC has launched an initiative to help build a tech savvy regional workforce. At an event on April 30, NVTC kicked off the NVTC STEM Challenge with a goal to have members log 10,000 volunteer hours during the 2014-2015 school year.
April 29, 2014
NVTC Member Companies Named Best for Vets
Sixteen NVTC Member companies were lauded by the Military Times for their dedication to veteran hiring and advancement. Companies responded to a 90-question survey and were rated on their recruitment of people connected to the military; company policies related to veterans, reservists and their families; the organization's culture and more.
On April 28, Sen. Tim Kaine and Rep. Randy Forbes joined the NVTC Board of Directors at LMI in McLean to discuss formulating a bipartisan defense strategy for Virginia. Sen. Kaine is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Representative Forbes is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.
April 28, 2014
MACH37™ Seeks Security Start-ups for Fall Cohort
The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially opened the application period for its “F14” fall cohort, which will begin Sept. 2, 2014 in its Herndon, Va. headquarters. The program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.
April 8, 2014
NVTC Member Companies Named Best Places to Work
Congratulations to NVTC member companies Aronson LLC, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Cooley LLP, ViON Corporation, and Xcelerate Solutions, who were recently named on Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Greater Washington list.
On April 2, nearly 200 members of the technology community gathered at The Washington Post Headquarters to hear 16 of the region's innovators pitch their company's technologies at Destination Innovation.
March 27, 2014
Experts Discuss International Risks at NVTC RiskNet Event
At the NVTC RiskNet event on March 27, insurance experts discussed kidnap, ransom and extortion risks, where they are, and how companies can manage such a complex and possibly debilitating crisis.
Fedscoop’s “DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” list highlights the forward thinking women who shape the technology landscape in the D.C. area. NVTC Board members Anne Altman of IBM Corporation, Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services, Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services and Seven other NVTC members were named to the list.
Leaders from NVTC member companies were recently named to Virginia Business’ 50 Most Influential Virginians. Those on the list, according to Virginia Business, are “building businesses, starting ventures and having an effect on important issues.”
On March 25, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the last NVTC Titans event of the 2013-2014 season. The breakfast featured Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, who urged the region’s businesses and technology leaders to give back to the community that has helped foster our industry’s success.
Congratulations to NVTC Board members Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services, David Lucien of DCL Associates who were honored at the Federal 100 Awards Gala on March 20, 2014. A special congratulations to former NVTC Board member Robin Lineberger of Deloitte who was honored with the Industry Eagle Award at the event.
On March 20, NVTC Board Member Linnie Haynesworth of Northrop Grumman Corp. and four other NVTC members were honored at Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Minority Business Leader Awards.
March 9, 2014
NVTC's 2014 General Assembly Session Wrap-Up
On March 8, the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die concluding its 2014 legislative session. However, the General Assembly adjourned without approving a biennial budget and will reconvene for a Special Session in order to reach consensus on a budget and to resolve the issue of whether or not to move forward with Medicaid expansion in Virginia. NVTC will continue to advocate for the technology community’s budget priorities during the Special Session.
March 5, 2014
NVTC Supports Patent Troll Legislation in Virginia
On Wednesday, March 5, the General Assembly passed compromise legislation supported by NVTC and crafted by the Office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring to protect Virginia businesses from "patent trolling." These bad faith claims of patent infringement force businesses, including many small businesses, to choose between paying exorbitant and unjustified license fees or fighting the claim through costly litigation.
On Feb. 19, NVTC hosted a Lunch & Learn event with NVTC Board member Magid Abraham, president, CEO and co-founder of comScore Inc. At this event, a targeted group of C-level executives from NVTC small business members had the unique opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn from Abraham’s entrepreneurial and leadership experience.
Fourteen executives from NVTC member companies have been named as the 25th Annual Federal Computer Week Federal 100. The Federal 100 Awards recognize 100 professionals from government and industry who have impacted and transformed the federal government IT community. The awards ceremony will take place on March 20 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
February 11, 2014
NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond
As the 2014 General Assembly session neared its halfway point, members of the NVTC Board of Directors and NVTC Board member companies spent February 4th in Richmond discussing NVTC priorities with policymakers.
On Jan. 30, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the latest NVTC Titans breakfast featuring Linda Hudson, President and CEO of BAE Systems. During the event, which took place two days prior to her retirement, Hudson discussed the importance of strengthening the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in order to strengthen national and economic security.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the recipients of the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation and Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2014 during a reception at the Science Museum of Virginia Jan. 16. Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions was honored with the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation. NVTC has a resolution of support and cooperation with SySTEMic Solutions.
January 21, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Underway in Richmond
The 2014 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly is underway in Richmond. This year's session is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, March 8. There are many ways to stay current with NVTC’s legislative involvement. Participate in weekly conference calls, join NVTC’s policy group, contact staff or read NVTC’s legislative agenda.
January 21, 2014
Michael Caplin of the Tysons Partnership Addresses NVTC Board
Michael Caplin, executive director of the Tysons Partnership, joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at LMI in McLean to share the Partnership’s future development plans for Tysons.
January 14, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Convenes in Richmond
Last Wednesday, January 8 marked the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly. This year's session is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, March 8. The first week of session included Gov. McDonnell’s final State of the Commonwealth Address; the swearing-in of Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring; Gov. McAuliffe’s signing of Executive Order Number 1; and Gov. McAuliffe’s first State of the Commonwealth delivery.
NVTC and co-host PSC held a Technology Town Hall Forum with Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Representative Frank Wolf on Friday, Jan. 10 at Sprint’s Reston offices. In front of a sold-out audience of more than 200 technology business leaders, the candidates shared their insights on the budget, sequestration and other issues impacting the economy.
Prior to leaving office, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal that uses key metrics and outcomes to track the performance of Virginia's innovation economy.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced its support for federal and state legislation that would extend basic job protections by prohibiting employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
January 6, 2014
NVTC Outlines 2014 Legislative Priorities
On Monday, Jan. 6, NVTC Chairman Sudhakar Kesavan, chairman and CEO of ICF International, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg sent letters to all members of the General Assembly and to the governor, lieutenant governor, and senior officials of the McAuliffe administration outlining NVTC's 2014 legislative priorities.