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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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Anne Blankenship addresses business summit

WV News

Anne Blankenship (right), of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, waits for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up the co-tenancy bill. The bill was ... Blankenship said Chinese investors could be a big driver of the storage hub concept and its associated manufacturing plants. A Chinese ...

West Virginia seeing upswing in manufacturing jobs

Plant Services

At the same time, P&G is sharply cutting employment at a plant in Iowa City, Iowa, eliminating about 500 jobs there. The company is shipping the Kansas City and Iowa City jobs to Mexico or maybe somewhere other foreign country, right? Wrong. The jobs in question will soon be filled by West Virginians.

Crackers more lucrative in Marcellus region

The Daily Times

PURCHASE AGREEMENT — Officials with PTT Global Chemical said they have an agreement to acquire the Ohio-West Virginia Excavating property ... However, officials with the Shale Crescent USA group, which represents several industry organizations in the Marcellus and Utica region, believe they ...

RCBI, SBDC partner to aid businesses in coal country

WV News

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute has teamed with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center to deliver nearly $50,000 in direct ... Diana Barnette, who owns MRS Manufacturing, a Holden company that fabricates metal products, said working with RCBI “has been extremely ...

A Rising Tide: Regional promotion can help gas industry

Parkersburg News

Officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are making a smart move in agreeing to cooperate, rather than compete, in marketing the region for ... ideas on streamlined regulations and tax reform that would enhance our region's appeal to employers in the field — without compromising our other ...

Mysteries at your Museum: Marbles and their makers

Jacksonville Daily Progress

Today, Marble King of Paden City, West Virginia is the leader in US marble manufacturing. Its forty employees manufacture over 1,000,000 marbles each day. They operate seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. The company had its roots in the Peltier Glass Company, a primary ...

Shale Gas May Rescue Appalachian Economies If It Can Win Public Acceptance

Forbes

IHS Markit concludes that the region, which is made up of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and which it calls Shale Crescent USA, will “provide a significant financial advantage” when compared to the Gulf Coast. It specifically refers to chemical plants, which would use “wet” natural gas as a ...

Latest Stack Deal Hints At Greater Asian Interest In US Shale

Oil and Gas Investor

As of January, the company's Midcontinent production included 20 wells in and around Garfield, according to the most recent Oklahoma Corporation Commission data available. Established in 1962, SK Innovation was South Korea's first oil refining company. The company owns refining, chemical and ...

IHS: Appalachia has edge over the Gulf for shale profit

Plastics News (blog)

Texas and Louisiana have their charms, but the wandering eyes of petrochemical investors soon might fall on Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Shale gas and oil deposits in that tri-state area can deliver "significant financial advantages" compared to a similar ethylene facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast, ...

Could Shale Gas Lead To A Manufacturing Boom In Appalachia?

Forbes

The analysis adds that Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have an advantage because their supplies are closer to where the shale gas would be consumed, and because of abundant fresh water supplies — a region that holds an estimated 141 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. It further ...

Trust Trump on tariffs, Justice suggests

West Virginia MetroNews

At the end of the day, President Trump is probably more boisterous than I. But I love him and I know how much he cares about West Virginia,” Justice said Thursday during public remarks at the West ... The tariffs would also undermine the historic tax reform that is helping so many in the Mountain State.” ...

West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania governors form shale gas agreement

Parkersburg News

“Shale gas presents an opportunity to spur economic growth beyond the wellhead. We are working to attract investors and downstream partners. We are encouraging chemicals and plastics manufacturers to come here, stay here and grow here with us in the Appalachian region.” The Appalachians have ...


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