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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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Garrett Ballengee: The right kind of comeback? (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

In 2016, West Virginia became the 26th state to implement right-to-work laws, despite the boorish outcry from unionized special-interest groups.

State coal association head asks for reduction in severance tax
WV News

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney asked ... He was joined by West Virginia Manufacturers Association President ...

Judge rules against Rockwool opponents' lawsuit
Herald-Mail Media

... the manufacturing plant under construction on Charles Town Road in Ranson. ... to obtain state approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission. ... secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, ...

Daily Mail editorial: West Virginia can't afford to tax itself out of business
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Representatives of West Virginia's extraction industries gave a message to ... The gas industry is bringing investment in chemical manufacturing that can lead ... West Virginia's got a good thing going with its energy industry — and a ...

Economic consultant: WV economy faces obstacles not of its making
Charleston Gazette-Mail

He said West Virginia needs a five-year strategic plan to help anticipate changes in manufacturing, including the expansion of automation and robotics ...

National foundation funds RCBI scholarships
Huntington Herald Dispatch

... C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) to support individuals pursuing careers in manufacturing. ... Scholarship recipients are Berton "Roger" Craft of Nitro, West Virginia; Dylan Sturgeon of Hurricane, West Virginia; Kevin Gross and Whitney ...

United States

Trump Is Threatening Another $267 Billion in China Tariffs. Here's Where They Would Hit Every ...

President Donald Trump's next salvo in the trade fight could tax the shirt off America's back — literally. The U.S. president's threat to impose tariffs on ...

Manufacturing jobs are better jobs
Financial Times

We're reading Fear, Bob Woodward's book on the Trump White House, and we're having trouble figuring out who the good guys are. Certainly Mr ...

The Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry and What We Can Do About It
The National Law Review

There is a serious skills gap crisis in the U.S. manufacturing industry, an industry which makes up nine percent of the U.S. workforce, making it one of ...

Trump's Trade War With China Is About to Get Supersized
Foreign Policy

The Trump administration's plan to escalate the trade war with China promises ... a former U.S. tradenegotiator now at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

China investment slowdown a test of nerve as new US talks near

China investment slowdown a test of nerve as new US talks near ... Related Tags: #China investmentslowdown# China economy# china growth ...

US industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August
Gettysburg Times

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 percent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural ...

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