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  • June 25 - Construction and Maintenance- Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project cost and shorten schedule leading to shorter service outage.

    June 25, 2019 Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project costs and shorten schedules, leading to shorter service outages? Chad Earle, director of business development at ORDERS Construction Company, will provide an overview of the design/build process. He will examine the pros and cons of the design/build process and discuss what pitfalls to avoid.  Earle will demonstrate and discuss how design/build can expedite the construction process and ultimately reduce the costs associated with shutdown down time and save owners money related to actual construction costs and expenses.
  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.

Tom Reed, Program Consultant

Tom works to expand activities for the Explore the New Manufacturing program across the state of West Virginia. These activities engage students in middle and high school with careers at local manufacturing companies. Tom manages similar programs as the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Catalyst Connection, an economic development agency, in the greater Pittsburgh area. Prior to starting at Catalyst Connection in 2007, he was a Sr. Client Relations Manager at TeleTech in Moundsville, WV.  

Tom is a graduate of West Liberty University with a BSBA in Marketing and Computer Information Systems and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA in Marketing.

Monica Cross, Program Director

Cross serves as Program Director for the WVMA Educational Fund, Inc. Explore the New Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining the WVMAEF in 2018 she was Principal and CEO of TwoPointO LLC, a process improvement and innovation organization. Before founding TwoPointO LLC, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager at Country Roads Physical Therapy LLC.

Cross began her career as an educator, teaching middle school math and science in North Carolina and West Virginia.
She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.