Community leaders and high tech executives connected to establish a high tech software innovation center in Kilmarnock, VA, called the Center for Innovation and Development (CID). There were several factors that drove the need for a CID located here:
*Taken from the Urban Dictionary--Onshoring is the act of relocating a business process or department to a less expensive part of the country. Similar to off-shoring, except that the job doesn't leave the country.
The CID was incorporated as a nonprofit organization opened its doors within the Rappahannock Community College in Kilmarnock, VA. in Jan 2016.
The goal is to offer basic software consulting support and begin moving to niche domains of expertise (security, virtualization, integration) that directly meet the needs of our technical communities. We will bring together companies that have similar products and services in an innovative, synergistic web of knowledge workers using state of the art collaborative environments. With a solid technical resources in place we will extend our reach into Smart Communities initiatives and serve as a gateway hub and catalyst for economic development in Virginia. Our innovative and entrepreneurial setting will have far-reaching and lasting impact on the social and economic fabric of the region, as well as become a national resource and an international gateway.
For The Northern Neck We Will:
Energize the Economy, Energize our kids, Create jobs, create more valuable jobs while preserving the today's culture of the NNK
Attract top talent and new graduates to return home
…by taking advantage of the local assets of our community