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Harlow Group to invest $8 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing plant

Governor Ralph Northam announced that Harlow Group Ltd., a leading provider of precision engineered, fabricated, machined and 3D printed additive components, will invest $8 million to locate its first U.S. precision sheet metal fabrication plant, to be called Harlow Fastech, in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The United Kingdom-based company will also establish a U.S. Training Center of Excellence, a new facility with a focus on additive manufacturing, which will be located in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority-owned Cyber Park.

Students tour Newport News Shipbuilding Digital Mobile Experience

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) Digital Mobile Experience trailer visited New College Institute (NCI) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) the week of October 22. 
Students were able to experience 3D modeling, laser scans, augmented reality and learn how NNS is using technology to transform to a more modern, digital manufacturing environment.

The Launch Place Pre-Seed Fund 2 Makes Its First Investment

The Launch Place has been on a mission since 2013 to help early stage startups with strong teams and impactful business models get a product to market. The Launch Place recently announced that biotech startup CytoRecovery will be the first to receive a $75,000 investment from The Launch Place Pre-Seed Fund 2, which was established in July of this year. To date, The Launch Place has invested in and is supporting 15 portfolio companies. CytoRecovery is a Virginia-based biotech startup that develops new products that improve the ability to rapidly separate and recover rare cell populations from biological samples, including tumor biopsies, for use in cancer research and pharmaceutical development.

Free wireless internet up and running in Boydton

Community-wide Wi-Fi service is now available in Boydton. On Wednesday, Microsoft and Lake Country Satellite set the launch of a free community Wi-Fi service in town. The project was developed in response to a community need, according to Robert Sloan, Microsoft's director of data center community development. Speaking at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative's Empower Broadband launch party in September, Sloan said Microsoft is committed to improving the communities where it has operations, and hence the tech giant pursued the Wi-Fi project in response to demands identified by local residents. Sloan noted that access to Wi-Fi was a significant need in the region.

Welcome New Members

We would like to welcome our new members to the SPTC. 

Innovation Stars Award Winners

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Innovation STARS Awards Banquet partnered with the Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit to promote the extraordinary achievements of our region’s educational and industrial leaders, punctuated with an impressive keynote address from NASA astronaut Leland Melvin of Lynchburg, VA.
With 200 of the area’s most influential in attendance in IALR’s Great Hall, the evening’s festivities began with SPTC President Jon Horin recognizing the Tech Council’s 20 years of advocating the importance of investing in technological fields in both the public and private sectors to meet the adapting demands of economic development in the region.
“Since its inception, SPTC has been an advocate for the region’s technology investments by educating the community and increasing Southern Piedmont's exposure relative to technology,” Horin stated. “Over the past two decades, we have recognized many technological achievements that have catapulted our region forward.”
“On behalf of the SPTC Board, and our anchor members – the Center for Innovative Technology, American National Bank and Trust Company, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communications Corporation, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and Noblis, I thank you for your support and commitment to the importance of this event for our region,” Horin remarked. “We are extremely proud of the significant accomplishments that will be highlighted as we recognize and honor our region’s innovation stars.”
Award winners include:
Senator Frank M. Ruff
Chairman's Award
Innovation in Education and Community Outreach Award

Troy Simpson - Precision Machining Workforce Development Pipeline
Innovation in Community Award
Innovation in Technology - Small Business Award
Microsoft Data Center
Innovation in Technology - Large Business Award
Samantha Smith-Herndon
Rising Star Award

Danielle Jeffers
Student Innovator Award
Michael Ashby
Student Innovator Award
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