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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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Ground Broken on $10M Manufacturing Plant in West Virginia
U.S. News & World Report

A company based in Italy has broken ground for a West Virginia facility that will manufacture insulation and drainage systems. April 11, 2018, at ... The state Department of Commerce says in a news release it is the first manufacturing facility for parent company TeMa in the United States. The company ...

Guess Where Factory Job Growth Is Happening Most? Hint: Not in Forced-Unionism Statesr
Regardless of whether or not you think Donald Trump deserves the credit for it, there is no denying the fact that factory-sector employment growth has sharply accelerated since he moved into the White House ...

Bridges Without Boundaries provides platform for future NCWV business partnerships
WV News

“You can imagine that the supply chain goes from (a) cracker near the Ohio River, but then the next level being the dryer and processor can be here in North Central West Virginia. The manufacturer and finished product as well, and then just ship it into D.C. We can certainly build all of those small ..

Annual Business Summit once again proves NCWV is W.Va's economic engine
WV News

Some of the highlights from the day-long Summit included new details on the much-reported $83.7 billion deal with China Energy Investment Corporation to invest in West Virginia's shale gas and chemical industries first announced in November. Under the agreement the Chinese company intends to ...

WV Manufacturers Association hosts 7th annual Marcellus & Manufacturing Development ...
WV News

The oil and natural gas industry provides a foundation for downstream manufacturing that will lift our regional economy to new heights, if we act now to maximize the benefits of the resource,” said West Virginia Manufacturers Association President Rebecca McPhail. “We are pleased that more than 250 ...

Despite shortfall, revenue director remains "cautiously optimistic"
Beckley Register-Herald

Although West Virginia's March revenue numbers were $10.9 million below estimate, Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy believes the numbers will meet projections by the end of the fiscal year. In a Monday ... “There are areas of caution with the different reactions to federal tax reform,” Hardy continued.

Women's training program taking summer class applications
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The program is run by the nonprofit West Virginia Women Work in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute. Students are expected to pursue and accept an entry-level manufacturing job during or after graduating Step Up. Applications are due in mid-May. To obtain an application, call 304-528-9991 ...

Explore the New Manufacturing visits WVU-P
The News Center

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Dozens of Wood County eighth graders learned life lessons at West Virginia University at Parkersburg Friday, from a manufacturing program. The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund hosted its regional education academy at West Virginia ...

US Economy Added Only 103000 Jobs In March
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The new data from March follow strong job growth in February, when it was initially reported that U.S. companies had added 313,000 jobs — the biggest increase in 1 1/2 years. That number has now been revised even higher, to a gain of 326,000. Areas that saw job gains included manufacturing, health ...

President Trump Goes Off-Script During Tax Reform Roundtable in West Virginia
Independent Journal Review

There, the president remarked that the White House is "bringing back the four magnificent words: Made in the USA.” He echoed similar messaging in West Virginia, ending the speech on the promise that the Trump administration will bring manufacturing back to the states. “Hopefully we will start making ...

Energy firm coming to industrial park
Williamson Daily News

MADISON - A new business coming to the Rock Creek Industrial Park looks to bring thousands of jobs to southern West Virginia and make the area a hub for what could be revolutionary in the field of renewable energy via a pilot project. While the project has yet to officially go to contract, local leaders ...

PolitiFact: Mooney mostly right on US manufacturing, depending on data used
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Manufacturing jobs as a percentage of West Virginia's population held steady between 1990 and 2000, then dropped significantly between 2000 and 2010. As with the other measures, manufacturing employment as a percentage of the state's population has remained strikingly stable since 2010.

West Virginia is getting older, but (economically) not better.
West Virginia MetroNews

West Virginia is graying faster than most of the rest of the nation. ... West Virginia is, unfortunately, a prime example of how an older population is an inhibitor to economic growth. Moody's, the ... Also, West Virginiamay one day enjoy the full benefit of manufacturing related to natural gas production.

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