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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.

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Big West Virginia Economic Development at Old Hobet Mine

The West Virginia National Guard has been using the site for training, but there is ... There are still hopes private sector manufacturing and distribution ...

West Virginia candidates give legislative priorities if elected
Herald-Mail Media

West Virginia is one of a diminishing number of states that tax Social ... Tax reform is needed to spur economic growth and to prevent the migration of ...

Congressman McKinley holds roundtable discussion with manufacturingcompanies

A main concern of these employers is the workforce in West Virginia. McKinley says manufacturing needs to be brought back to America again. "We've ...

Conference addresses expanding aerospace footprint

Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Aerospace in West Virginia? ... in Ashland; Silver Liner, a tanker truck manufacturer that will create 300 jobs in Pikeville; AppHarvest, ...

Why Some States Are Experiencing A Labor Shortage
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Not only are companies working to attract young people, counties across the country are offering large awards to those who choose to live and work in ...

Letter: WV needs to create economic diversification incentives (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Letter: WV needs to create economic diversification incentives (Daily Mail ... The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership also offers ...

United States

Opinion: Trump's trade war could pay off and revive American manufacturing

When Western companies moved manufacturing to China, it was all about minimizing costs. China was a developing country with labor costs amongst ...

US would lose international mail if it pulls out of postal treaty
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers has applauded the planned U.S. move, calling the postal pact "outdated" in the age of e-commerce ...

Trump Hasn't Killed Foreign Investment in China
Wall Street Journal

Manufacturing FDI into China, which grew in line or faster than global ... the real hit to exports—and supply chains—from President Trump's second ...

The Steel Industry Gets What It Wants on Tariffs
Wall Street Journal

U.S. steel producers, who prevailed in their push for the Trump administration to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, have also proven ...

No US High-ranking Officials to Attend China Investment Fair
Voice of America

The U.S. will not send a high-ranking official to attend a major investment fair in China next month, the U.S. Embassy said Wednesday, in a move ...

Manufacturing Has a Serious Image Problem

There's a widespread belief that that the U.S. manufacturing industry is in decline, that jobs are going overseas, and that the industry doesn't provide ...

China's entrance into WTO cost US 3.4 million jobs, new study finds

“Workers who are displaced from manufacturing jobs tend to drop out of the labor force,” he said. While the reduced demand for domestically ...

US Takes Steel, Aluminum Tariff Fight to WTO
Voice of America

The requests, filed Thursday, cover tariffs by China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which followed the United States imposing a 25 percent ...

General Motors Is Leading the Charge Toward Gender Equality in the Automotive Industry

With a female chief executive, gender parity among its board of directors, and strides toward equal pay, General Motors is leading the automotive ...

The death of manufacturing — overrated and overstated

It's the belief that manufacturing jobs hold some special status in an economy, that they're somehow more real, and thus more deserving of support ...

The NAM and EPA Announce a New Partnership to Highlight Sustainability inManufacturing

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are forging a new partnership through the ...

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