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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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As Trump...

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West Virginia

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

But jobs are jobs, and for West Virginia, natural gas would represent a new chapter ... that can be processed out for use in chemical industries, among other uses. ... The West Virginia lawmakers also have a bill with Democratic Sen.

ROCKWOOL (North America) breaks ground on new stone wool manufacturingfacility in Ranson ...
PR Newswire (press release)

Latest addition to global manufacturing set-up will create approx. 150 new jobs in Jefferson County, West Virginia. RANSON, WV, June 26, 2018 ...

China Trade Fight Puts Billions in US Energy Projects in Doubt

China Energy Investment Corp. pledged almost $84 billion in shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects across West Virginia after President ...

Unemployment rate decreases in region
Gallipolis Daily Tribune

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

West Virginia not lowering utility rates
Williamson Daily News

"Utility companies in most states are passing on the tax savings in the form of ... The proposal for West Virginia customers also includes $51 million to ...

Coal to cars: NETL, Southern W.Va. coal co. form research partnership
WV News

Coal to cars: NETL, Southern W.Va. coal co. form research partnership ... projects that use coal as a manufacturing feedstock for high-value products. ... The company operates mines in southern West Virginia, Pennsylvania and ...

China Energy officials cancel trip related to West Virginia deal due to Trump trade spat
Williamson Daily News

China Energy officials cancel trip related to West Virginia deal due to Trump trade spat ... than $80 billion over the next 20 years in projects connected to the state's natural gas industry, including chemical manufacturing projects.

United States

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines
New York Times

The emerging trade war between the United States and China has prompted predictions of severe economic and geopolitical disruption. But for any ...

Nail manufacturing exec who voted for Trump blames him for layoffs, asks Democrat for help
The Hill

George Skarich, vice president of sales for Missouri-based Mid Continent Nail Corporation, told The New York Times that his nail company could soon ...

Trump greets EU trade reprisals with threat of steep auto tariff
Yahoo Finance

"If these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them ...

EU and China to meet and discuss ways of dealing with Trump's tough trade tariffs
South China Morning Post

The EU is concerned that China is dividing the block through its investment, making member states less critical of China, and that a large part of ...

Foxconn executive: Make products in the US and sell them to China
Yahoo Finance

Woo urges Chinese investors to stop doing business the traditional way — manufacturing in China and exporting to the U.S. “Invest in the U.S. and sell ...

The Great Regulation Rollback Is Finally Here. But Is it Working?

It's true that the Trump administration has pared the number of new regulations. Keith Belton, director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana ...

What comes after the trade war?
Washington Post

The escalating trade war between the United States and China poses crucial, though unanswerable, questions: Is this the beginning of the end of the ...

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