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  • 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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Rebecca McPhail: Today's youth, tomorrow's workforce (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

This past year, West Virginia's economic growth rate was ranked highest of any state in the country, thanks in part to an uptick of manufacturing across ...

Justice dismisses 'F' on Cato Institute report card on fiscal policy
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia is currently experiencing a record budget surplus, our manufacturing growth is one of the best in the nation, the mining industry is going ...

Tax credit rewards work, boosts local economy
Beckley Register-Herald

West Virginia could make such a reform by creating a state Earned Income Tax Credit. Enacted in 1975, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) ...

Fifth annual West Virginia Makes Festival
MU The Parthenon

Fifth annual West Virginia Makes Festival ... created to be on the first Friday in October every year because it is National Manufacturing Day, ... “The idea behind the WV Makes Festival is to inspire people to create and support those ...

Hino to add 250 jobs at new plant
Parkersburg News

MORGANTOWN –Auto manufacturing will be the fastest growing in the manufacturing segment of West Virginia's economy with the expansion of Hino ...

Showcasing the positives
Parkersburg News

What does Tennessee have that West Virginia does not (besides about 5 ... “an ideal climate for advanced manufacturing location and expansion.

West Virginia Makes Festival celebrates ingenuity
Huntington Herald Dispatch

It was presented by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), and the event coincides with National Manufacturing Day, a coast-to-coast effort to raise ...

Manufacturing could face a slowdown
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Manufacturers have been adding 20,000 to 30,000 jobs per month since the summer of 2017. But that upward trend took a pause in August, with a ...

Students Encouraged To Pursue Manufacturing Careers During Visit to West Virginia Northern ...
Wheeling Intelligencer

Students participated in the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund's “Explore the New Manufacturing” statewide program to boost ...

Building W.Va. Small Business
Wheeling Intelligencer

West Virginia has become more attractive as an economic development destination during the past couple of years. Tax reform at both the state and ...

W.Va. faces party sunny economic future due to 'uneven recovery,' according to expert economist
WV News

Speaking to more than 200 West Virginia business and political leaders ... Association, was pleased the economic forecast for manufacturing is ...

Surging potential for downstream natural gas development examined at Charleston, WV, panel
WV News

CHARLESTON — Experts examined how a big part of West Virginia's ... Examples of products manufactured from any downstream natural gas ...

United States

US seeks deeper farm tariff cuts than in Japan-EU pact: Perdue
The Mainichi

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States will push Japan to reduce tariffs on agricultural products beyond levels agreed to under a free trade ...

Steel tariff talks with US still ongoing, says Economic Development Minister
Yahoo Sports

Canada's Economic Development Minister says the government is making “meaningful progress” on discussions with the U.S. administration over ...

October is Manufacturing Month
Evening Observer

Per the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturing has the highest multiplier effect of any major sector. The NAM estimates that for ...

Booming economy creating excess jobs with too few workers
Charleston Post Courier

Manufacturing confidence has reached record levels, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, with most firms reporting plans for further ...

Manufacturing Day Provides 'Awesome Platform'
Inside INdiana Business

Some initiatives connected to the celebration have already taken place and event organizers the National Association of Manufacturers and the ...

Companies in US add most jobs in seven months, ADP data show
Employee Benefit News

163k) Payrolls in goods-producing industries, which include manufacturing and construction, climbed 46k, most since March, after 23k Service ...

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