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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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West Virginia

Justice 'celebrates' new revenue numbers
West Virginia MetroNews

... nation and on West Virginia and on tax reform has not had a positive impact ... By all markers, consumer sales tax, personal income tax, prior year's ...

State revenue collections continue to surge
Beckley Register-Herald

In the first month of the new fiscal year, which began July 1, General ... this nation and on West Virginia and on tax reform has not had a positive impact ...

Revitalizing American manufacturing
Supply Chain Management Review

While we certainly made trips to industrial parks in large cities like ... small towns and cities in rural areas, places like Steubenville, West Virginia, ... But tourism jobs don't pay like manufacturing, or at least like manufacturing used to.

Natural gas called 'best hope' for West Virginia at summer meeting of Independent Oil and Gas ...
West Virginia MetroNews

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia is a not-for-profit corporation representing natural gas and oil drilling and production ...

Times are changing for West Virginia's economy
Parkersburg News

Coupled with our President's bold tax cuts and regulation reforms, the West Virginia legislature's own economic reforms blend in perfect harmony with ...

Steve Roberts: Optimism abounds for upcoming W.Va. Chamber annual meeting (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Employment, wages and tax collections have increased in West Virginia. ... in education, finance, trade, energy productionmanufacturing, services, ...

United States

Job gains for the manufacturing industry in the last 12 months are the most since 1995

... to deliver for America's manufacturing workers," Carolyn Lee, executive director of the National Association of ManufacturersManufacturing Institute ...

US adds 157000 jobs in July; unemployment rate at 3.9%
Tire Business

Goods-producing sectors added 42,000 jobs, including 23,000 in ... The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), citing its Monthly Jobs ...

Manufacturers Increase Efforts to Woo Workers to Rural Areas
New York Times

The component manufacturer, with about 550 employees, is facing a ... Institute, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Best Jobs Without a Bachelor's Degree in Every State

The largest employer in Washington is a major manufacturer: the giant ... Virginia's best jobs not requiring a bachelor's degree are in management ...

US factories grew at a slower pace in July
Washington Post

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing ... the ISM index “was still quite strong, despite continued angst about trade policy.”.

National Association of Manufacturers' Chairman: Industry Is In A Trump-Boom Renaissance
Chief Executive Group

The Trump boom and tax cuts are working out for American manufacturers exactly in the way that factory CEOs hoped, planned – and worked hard ...

US Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid trade concerns

Powell said concerns about the Trump administration's trade policy "may well" have an impact on U.S. wages and capital expenditures, though it ..

It's official: US-China tariffs will begin to hit plastics
Plastics News (blog)

The American Chemistry Council declined to comment on the latest USTR announcement, but it previously argued against it, estimating that the ...

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