Mission and Charter The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies. Created in 1985, CIT, a non-profit corporation, plugs gaps at the earliest stages of the Innovation Continuum – commercialization and seed funding – as it helps entrepreneurs launch and grow high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs for the future. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. Lastly, CIT builds the infrastructure for new innovation economies with expert broadband strategies. CIT carries out its mission through five service lines: CIT Entrepreneur, CIT R&D, CIT Connect, CIT Broadband and Commonwealth Support Programs.
The Tambellini Group, LLC is the world’s leading market research and advisory firm for higher education executives, organizations and investment firms interested in higher education market research, vendor contract negotiations, and market research and analysis. TTG delivers detailed quantitative and qualitative technology research, insight and analysis specifically for higher education and enables informed decisions based on data. Executive level skills and services include strategic advice for executives, market research, contract negotiations with administrative systems technology vendors and service providers, and published thought leadership on business and technology issues. TTG’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative products and services that build transparency between vendors and educational institutions. TTG is driven to unite the vendor community with the global education community. The Tambellini Group founded and led by Vicki Tambellini, is headquartered in Irvington, Virginia.
Our experienced organizational strategists work closely with you to transform the culture of your organization to one of collaboration. We work with you to meet your goals wherever your organization falls between isolated silos and collaboration as a way of accomplishing your mission. We collaborate with you to determine the solutions that work for your business. The advice we provide is not cookie cutter but tailored to your particular needs. The outcome is implementation of solutions that work for you! dbg and Debbie Gwaltney have been a great resource for the CID.
VIRGINIANS PROTECTING VIRGINIANS If you owned a home in the late 1800s, you lived in mortal fear of fire. Without firetrucks or running water, a stray spark or lightning strike could destroy your home and bankrupt your family. In 1896, the people of Irvington recognized that the devastating risk posed by fire didn’t have to be borne alone. A group of 37 homeowners banded together to form the Northern Neck Mutual Fire Association of Virginia. By pooling their resources, these original members gained the ability to rebuild a home leveled by fire. In the century that followed, membership in the Association expanded statewide, providing coverage for thousands of homes throughout the Commonwealth. In 1987, we changed our name to Northern Neck Insurance Company to reflect a growing list of insurance services. For all of our success, we’re still a small company by the standards of today’s insurance industry. We are Virginia-only by choice. So when we say we are protecting our neighbors, friends and family – that’s exactly what we mean. We are still a mutual insurer, which means every policyholder is a part owner of the company. Instead of passing profits to shareholders, we invest them back into the company to create better products and keep premiums low for our members.
MindShare's mission is to help CEOs from the most promising technology and life sciences growth companies in the Greater Washington Metropolitan region build long-term, sustainable companies by creating opportunities and a sense of community as well as fostering teamwork in a collegial environment. Founded in 1997 by a local group of prominent executives and business leaders, MindShare is an exclusive forum designed to help emerging companies and their CEOs build successful businesses.
The Northern Neck Planning District Commission ("NNPDC") is a supporting partner of the Center for Innovation and Development. The NNPDC supports economic development initiatives throughout the Northern Neck of Virginia. Also look at the Northern Neck Enterprise Center for meeting, office space and telecommuting options in Warsaw. http://www.nnpdc.org
Rappahannock Community College ("RCC") provides learning opportunities to over 5,000 enrolled students throughout thirteen counties in eastern Central Virginia. RCC is a lead partner with the Center for Innovation and Development. The CID works within the RCC campus in Kilmarnock, VA and has Sissy Crowther, President of RCC on our Board of Directors. We work closely with their Workforce program and rent shared space from them that includes high speed internet, conference rooms, video conferencing, reception and much, much more. We are proud to partner with RCC.
CSIIP is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, has strong support form the Virginia Governor's Office and is a free, online tool that companies can utilize to find the interns of their choice from any accredited Virginia college or university. It is a great way to link students to companies for paid internships. It is also open to graduating seniors and therefore offers companies the ability to evaluate potential new hires as interns, prior to making a permanent hire commitment.
TrustNetMD combines organizational learning principles and social media technologies to create "social learning solutions" that address the challenges of communication, collaboration, coordination and consensus building in healthcare transformation. Focused professional communities are needed to solve complex problems, often caused by cultural misalignment. Our Knowledge Exchange (Kx)™ platform serves as the communications backbone of what quickly becomes a tightly-knit learning collaborative—no matter whether there are dozens or hundreds of users engaged in the initiative.