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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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Governor Justice hints at talks with manufacturer from Wales
West Virginia MetroNews

“There's a manufacturer that's come in that has an illumination process that has ... West Virginia University President Gordon Gee acknowledged the ...

Business news in brief
Huntington Herald Dispatch

TechConnect West Virginia will host the Spirit of Innovations Awards during the ... the Outstanding Woman in Technology Award, Innovative Manufacturer of ... West Virginia Executive Magazine, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, ...

Leaders discuss broadband in West Virginia
Beckley Register-Herald

Much of the discussion was on what West Virginia lacks and how to best ... manufacturers to build in the state instead of West Virginians cutting West ...

Trump's trade war with China may hit parts of your car first

Now, with the US poised to target another $200 billion of Chinese goods as soon as this week -- including the car lights made by E.D. Opto -- export ...

Making West Virginia Great Again: The Labor Movement Has Answers For The Coal-Centric State


When it comes to winning elections, West Virginia's labor movement says that ... Electric Power, for example, scrapped such a project in West Virginia.

Short takes on women in STEM, ringing bells for Rosies and WV made apple snacks (Daily Mail ...
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia ranks ninth nationally in apple production but doesn't have the access and the connections to sell fresh apples on a large, national scale ...

West Virginia GOP right about job openings, unemployed workers

10, the party tweeted, "ICYMI: For only the second time since 2000, there are more job openings than Americans who are unemployed. Tax reform and ..

Poll shows Manchin up on Morrisey by 8 points

Charleston Gazette-Mail
President Donald Trump visited West Virginia to endorse Morrisey on Aug. 21. ... tax reform, immigration reform, and efforts to bring broadband to West ...

Energy insiders discuss diversification
Beckley Register-Herald

WHITE SULPHUR SPRING — Representatives from electric generators and energy suppliers were on hand at the 2018 West Virginia Chamber's ...

Congressional tax reform package meaning lowered utility bills for some W. Va. customers
WTOV Steubenville

The tax reform package passed by Congress in 2017 is forcing cheaper ... In a look at how some West Virginia gas customers will have their rates ...

Mark Sadd: Coal is dead. Long live King Coal! (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

They could put a few ex-miners back to work as they have long promised. ... Meanwhile, if West Virginiacoal production is hurting, it isn't because of ...

United States

Trump v. Trumka
TRUMP'S WAR ON WORKER SAFETY: Pledging to cut regulations “massively” in 2017, Trump made a point of exempting regulations that protected ...

Opinion: The surprising reasons why Trump's trade wars will boost US jobs — and stocks

Trump can just as quickly de-escalate as escalate his trade skirmishes with our major trading partners, depending on the progress made in ...

Trump Approach on Nafta Relieves Automakers' Worst Fears
New York Times

As the Trump administration sought trade concessions from Mexico in recent weeks, automakers and their suppliers feared that manufacturing costs ...

Study: IT job growth is 8x that of all other job types
HR Dive

Researchers also said that although traditional manufacturing jobs declined due to automation and off-shoring, IT-intensive manufacturing jobs ...

Skilled workers needed to keep economy humming
Watertown Public Opinion

The lack of interest of potential employees in factory jobs is similar to the other jobs discussed. Today's higher tech manufacturing jobs today require ...

As Trump Weighs Tariffs, China's Industrial Ambitions Loom Large

(Bloomberg) -- Conflict over China's industrial policies is at the center of a trade war that's set to escalate should President Donald Trump go ahead ...

Trade War Update: China To Suffer Greater Loss Of Income Than US

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Barclays Capital says China will see a bigger income hit in a trade war than the U.S., due to the fact that its economy is ...

Indiana is preparing prisoners with skills needed to acquire high-demand jobs on release

That's largely due to the Hoosier State's having the highest share of manufacturing jobs in the nation, and numerous Indiana manufacturing operations ...

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