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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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Next W.Va. representative must put state first
Huntington Herald Dispatch

It's not empty campaign-trail rhetoric - it's a clear demonstration that I am serious about draining the establishment swamp and fighting diligently against any and all tax and fee increases on hard-working West Virginians. I'm not a politician and I don't want to be one, I simply want to build a West Virginia ...

WSAZ hosts debate between top 3 GOP candidates for US Senate seat in W.Va.
WSAZ-TV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Coal, jobs, the opioid epidemic, tax reform and the legalization of marijuana were among topics debated Tuesday among the top three Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia. The live, hour-long, commercial-free debate on WSAZ's First Look at 4 ...

West Virginia executive order expected to smooth permitting for downstream projects
Platts

An executive order issued by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to expedite the permitting of "projects of critical economic concern" is expected to speed ... Burd cited proposed intrastate pipeline projects as the most likely beneficiaries of the order, as well as any industrial and chemical manufacturing ...

Local mayors meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill
WTRF

... manufacturing jobs, but they also want lawmkaers to focus on problems small communities face. Weirton Mayor Harold Miller said he worries about contaminated land. "To cleanup brownfield sites and to start businesses that may be available to bring to their communities." West Virginia mayors have ...

Forecast is sunny for business
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Association for Business Economics quarterly survey of corporate economists finds U.S. businesses are very upbeat about growth for the rest of this year. But those strong hiring plans and expectations of rising sales and profits are set against the realities of a rapidly tightening labor market.

The rise of a new labor movement
Beckley Register-Herald

While admittedly not exactly parallel, the tactics of mass demonstrations for labor relations actions have a history in West Virginia, particularly with coal miners. An example was the Miners Right-to-Strike movement in the 1970s. In this instance, the 1974 UMWA/BCOA contract established the Arbitration ...

Howard Swint: Ethane, too, can fuel West Virginia (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Accordingly, just as propane helped create the chemical industry in the Kanawha Valley, ethane also holds the potential to reorder not only West Virginia's ... industry. The Marcellus and Utica shale plays are so prolific with raw natural gas liquids that the investment in northern West Virginia in midstream ...

Officials hope for economic boost via WV National Guard's Qatar alliance
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Qatar has familiarity in industries West Virginia is attempting to grow in, including natural gas. Although the National Guard program's focus is in the military, Manchin said he's hoping the partnership leads to Qatar directly investing in West Virginia and creating jobs.

Judge to issue right-to-work ruling by summer
West Virginia Record

Bailey plans to issue her ruling to determine the constitutionality of the state's right-to-work law before June, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The lawsuit was filed in June 2016 by West Virginia AFL-CIO and other unions alleging that the right-to-work law was unconstitutional. The right-to work ...

Italy's TeMa building North American base in West Virginia
Plastics News (blog)

Italian building products manufacturer TeMa Technologies & Materials srl has started construction of a 42,000-square-foot facility in Kearneysville, W.Va., where it will produce insulation and drainage products from recycled plastics. The automated plant will employ 30 and operate around-the-clo


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