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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 includes sections of county in Opportunity Zone program
Morgan Messenger

West Virginia governor Jim Justice released a list on May 18 of 55 U.S. ... are yet another way tax reform is going to help West Virginians create jobs, ...

Tech careers see growth in north central West Virginia

North central West Virginia has been seeing industries take off, and the ... "The new manufacturing of today is not your grandfather's manufacturing," ...

Northern Panhandle 'Opportunity Zones' May Provide Tax Incentives for Investment
Wheeling Intelligencer

Va., and West Virginia Gov. ... “These Opportunity Zones are yet another way tax reform is going to help West Virginians create jobs, drive economic ...

"Ed Talks" Tackle Next Generation Work Force Challenges

HURRICANE, WV (WOWK)- - West Virginia's education leaders are working to better prepare the next ... So you add that to these unfilled jobs- yes we do see a shortage," Leah Curry, President of Toyota Motors Manufacturing WV.

Three well-known West Virginia women highlighting the importance of education
West Virginia MetroNews

On Monday, three well-known West Virginia women spoke about the ... Shelley Moore Capito, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Leah ... discussions about linking education, jobs and the future of West Virginia.

Jason Huffman: Will naysayers finally admit tax cuts are working?
Huntington Herald Dispatch

In Elkins, the Citizens Bank of West Virginia issued a $1,000 bonus to each of its ... Schumer, who represents New York, voted against the tax plan.

Truston Industries partners with WVU College of Engineering for certification
The Dominion Post

For help navigating the process, they turned to the West Virginia Manufacturing Partnership, a NIST MEP network affiliate, which is housed in the ...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline plans continued construction while reviewing appealscourt ruling
West Virginia MetroNews

The pipeline would start in Harrison County and proceed across Lewis, ... in West Virginia before heading into Virginia and then into North Carolina. ... The environmental groups argued that the limits under the policy are not clear.

United States

Hiring, Wage, and Investment Increases Linked to Tax Reform

A recent survey from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) indicates that manufacturers are using the money made available to them after the December 2017 passage of the tax reform bill to boost worker wages, add jobs, and focus on internal investments ...

Donald Trump wins victory from Chinese in trade policy standoff

President Trump has made a point of going after China for what he views are the ways that the Chinese take advantage of the United States in the ...

China pledges `significantly' more US buying, no trade war
The Business Times

China had made its own demands, including giving equal treatment to its investment, and warned US companies may be excluded from measures to ...

US factory production rose a healthy 0.5 percent in April
WPXI Pittsburgh

In the past year, production has increased a modest 1.8 percent. ... uncertainty because of steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. The production of electrical equipment and appliances rose 1.5 percent last ...

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