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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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WV's partnership with Qatar offers new opportunities
Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - An official partnership between the state of West Virginia ... "The petrochemicals industry - they understand that business real well," ...

Jamie Dimon's Shareholders Letter speaks to WV's challenges
WV News

A pro-growth policy environment providing a level of certainty in areas of tax reform, infrastructure investment, education reform, and net in-migration ...

Appalachia's struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy

An energy technology company's decision to open a new manufacturing facility ... that on average install two solar systems per week in West Virginia.

Appalachian Power, Wheeling Power seek increase in West Virginia
HNN Huntingtonnews.net

Appalachian Power, Wheeling Power seek increase in West Virginia ... Additional federal tax reformsavings will be addressed in a separate ongoing ...

Howard Swint: Midstream key to West Virginia's economic growth (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Its impact is already being realized in the natural gas industry, whereby West Virginia-based operations are now producing so much dry methane and ... Ethane storage will guarantee a steady supply of feedstock for the chemical manufacturing plants, as well as to stabilize the price for their source ...

United States

Donald Trump Has Decided a Trade War With China Is a Bad Idea After All
Slate Magazine

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win ...

Trump Keeps Up Pressure on Auto Makers to Generate US Jobs
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Trump made clear at a White House meeting Friday with top auto-industry executives that he wasn't done prodding them on jobs—including ...

US firms plead for exemptions
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

US firms plead for exemptions ... The American Chemistry Council has predicted that by driving up prices and killing sales, the tariffs would wipe out ...

TRADE WAR: Is Germany 'taking the American economy for a ride'?

With the US now threatening to punish nations who continue to trade with Iran after sanctions are imposed, Der Spiegel editor Klaus Brinkbäumer ...

Trump throws ZTE curveball as big week for US-China trade begins

Lobbying groups seeking to take part include the National Retail Federation and the National Associationof Manufacturers. The hearings start ...

NAFTA proposals unlikely to see much output moved - report

Industry executives and supply chain experts have told the news agency new calculations to determine what qualifies as vehicle content, what limits ...

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