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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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Justice Ketchum steps away from the Supreme Court
West Virginia MetroNews

“Justice Ketchum has brought a great work ethic and strong intellect to his ... Delegate Mike Caputo, the minority whip, said it was right for Ketchum to resign. ... “The people of West Virginia have lost faith in the integrity of our judicial ...

Step Up for Women prepares RCBI females for manufacturing careers
MU The Parthenon

The Step Up for Women advanced manufacturing pre-apprenticeship ... employment, but it helps fill a critical gap in manufacturing in West Virginia.

Governor's scholars design, 3D print at RCBI
Huntington Herald Dispatch

"When they visit RCBI West Virginia's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center - they witness the Digital Age - the Internet of Things at work.

Proctor & Gamble mega production facility open for business, ramping up hiringeffort
WV News

Other popular consumer products to be made at the West Virginia plant include Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Aussie and Herbal Essences shampoos ..

Economic development should be the priority discussion this election year
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Here in the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, job creation should certainly be a priority discussion among all candidates.

Daily Mail editorial: More people working and looking for work in the US
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Credit to tax reform that puts more money into employers' and workers' ... “West Virginia enjoyed the nation's eighth highest gain in gross domestic ...

Appalachian region looks to Asia to revive economic hopes

While Ohio governmental entities would receive all the plant's direct benefits, such as income and property taxes, the city of Moundsville, West Virginia ...

Leaders discuss steps to open new airport
Williamson Daily News

Johnson said her goal would be to bring manufacturers of airplane parts and equipment, like KCI Aviation in Bridgeport, West Virginia, which has done ...

Morgantown set to host statewide small business conference
WV News

Topics the conference aims to shed light on include the West Virginia Forward initiative, the post-reform taxenvironment, risk management and ...

WV consumer advocate insists utility tax cuts benefit customers
Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - Major West Virginia utility companies are calling for rate ... "The revenue impacts of this major tax reform should be viewed by the ...

United States

US fires next shot in China trade war
BBC News

They're getting increasingly worried about where this is all going," Ed Brzytwa, director of international trade for the American Chemistry Council, ...

US companies, consumers feeling fallout of Trump's trade war with Canada
The Globe and Mail

He likes the President's promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the ... Mr. Trump's trade war has damaged the U.S.'s allies and enemies alike, ...

Trump's economic gamble: Solid job gains vs. risky trade war

The United States added 213,000 jobs in June, and an influx of new ... is to reduce U.S. trade imbalances and create more U.S. manufacturing jobs.

US Manufacturing Jobs Up 36000 in June; 362000 Under Trump

In December 2016, the month before President Donald Trump took office, there were 12,351,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. Since then ...

China Plays for Time in Trade War With Subtle Shift in Rhetoric

Officials in Beijing appear to be toning down their responses to Donald Trump's tariff threats, amid a slowing economy, a falling stock market and a ...

US oil prices tumble even after biggest weekly supply drop in nearly 2 years

... double the 4.8 million-barrel decline expected by analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts and the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday reported ...

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