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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

Peering Into the Gas & Chemical Industries -- Tarriffs, Best Practices, Workforce
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia University's Brian Anderson had the job of letting everyone know that Chinese government's China Energy would not be on hand to talk ...

Allan Tweddle: Climate disruption, though serious, is an economic opportunity (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association, and politicians like Congressmen McKinley, are ignoring the serious life threat of climate disruption to all ...

WV Consumer Advocate rep calls for rework of how utilities handle tax cuts
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Major West Virginia utility companies are calling for rate increases despite ... “The revenue impacts of this major tax reform should be viewed by the ...

Ground broken for insulation production plant
Hampshire Review

RANSON — A stone wool insulation producer has broken ground on a $150 million manufacturing facility in West Virginia. Rockwool North America ...

Editorial: WV customers shouldn't miss out on utility savings
Huntington Herald Dispatch

After the tax reform act was passed, West Virginia's Public Service Commission directed all privately owned utility companies to file by May 30 an ...

Company 'honored to be in West Virginia'
Herald-Mail Media

RANSON, W.Va. — Rockwool (North America) officially broke ground Tuesday on its second stone wool insulation manufacturing facility in the United ...

Senator Capito says tax reform is benefiting West Virginians
WHAG - www.localdvm.com

West Virginia - Yesterday marked six months of tax reform in West Virginia. Senator Shelley Moore Capito spoke on the floor about the positive ...

Ethane storage hub may boost WV chemical sector (Daily Mail WV)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Ethane storage hub may boost WV chemical sector (Daily Mail WV) ... West Virginia's congressional delegation is partnering with industry groups ...

Daily Mail editorial: West Virginia has the resources for major economic growth
Charleston Gazette-Mail

But this wouldn't be your grandfather's chemical industry. Modern plants are more environmentally friendly, safer and more efficient. And the ...

Ethane storage hub: Tri-state agreement aims for cooperation first (Daily MailWV)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia extended the agreement with Ohio and Pennsylvania in ... We are encouraging chemicalsand plastics manufacturers to come here, stay ...

West Virginia Senate President Praises Trump, GOP for Saving State, Establishment Media Silent
The Western Journal

Carmichael blamed Democratic leadership for a loss in population and manufacturing jobs, then accused them of selling out to special interest groups.

Greg Kozera: Where things come from (Daily Mail WV)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Then he hopped onto his private jet built with petrochemicals and fueled by oil ... If northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania were its own ... Young people won't have to leave West Virginia to find good jobs and ...

Steve Roberts: West Virginia is radiating energy and vigor (Daily Mail Opinion)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia's 155th birthday this month was a success and reminder that our ... Federally collected data indicates jobs in manufacturing, mining, ...

West Virginia legislators promote state's progress; hear concerns from business leader
WTRF

"This is the resurgence of the energy industry in West Virginia, the manufacturing industry, the construction industry," he continued. "We really need to ...

WVU One of Five Worldwide Awarded State-of-the-Art Manufacturing System From GE
Newswise (press release)

Newswise — MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Students at West Virginia University will have the opportunity to experience a full additive manufacturing ...

America's "Shale Crescent" Is Enjoying A Permian-Like Energy Boom Of Its Own
Forbes

These NGLs are separated out at natural gas processing plants and then ... with West Virginia to invest up to $84 billion over 20 years in chemical ...

Unemployment rate decreases in region
Point Pleasant Register

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in ... Manufacturing added 10,200 jobs in durable goods (+8,600) and ...

As Trump doubles down on coal, West Virginia lawmakers are eyeing natural gas
Virginian-Pilot

But jobs are jobs, and for West Virginia, natural gas would represent a new ... shelf that can be processed out for use in chemical industries, among other uses. ... Recognizing it as an opportunity for more than just West Virginia, the ...

Utility tax-cut savings remain in flux in WV
Huntington Herald Dispatch

In West Virginia, regulators have not made that commitment and are reviewing what corporate-owned utilities plan to do with the savings. Some of the ...


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