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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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Shale Crescent Seeks Petrochemical Investment in Appalachian Basin


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Investors who elect to spend billions of dollars to construct new petrochemicalplants in eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia stand to see a better return than building new facilities on the Gulf Coast. That's the conclusion of a new study commissioned by Shale ...

Time to get ethane cracker up and running in Northern Panhandle

WV News

Natural gas liquids include substances like propane used for summer grilling, butane found in lighters and ethane — which is the base material for a huge number of plastics. And, in ... Ethane is made into ethylene by a process called “cracking” first developed in the 1920s in Clendenin, West Virginia.

Region could lead North America in natural gas production

Parkersburg News

Shale Crescent USA has been involved with natural gas development efforts in West Virginia, Southeastern Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Shale Crescent USA, IHS Markit and Solvay spoke today in a telephone press conference about a report prepared by IHS that will ...

Northern Panhandle leaders say PTT, Daelim partnership is 'encouraging'

WV News

“PTT ... needed a partner.” “I think what's important will be the downstream benefits,” Peters said. “This, along with the Kanawha Valley, used to be the plastics and chemical capital of the world. The first cracker to ever go online was in Clendenin, West Virginia, so, really, for petrochemicals, this is one of, ...

Appalachian Storage Hub, WV's foundation for future investment

WV News

The Appalachian Storage & Trading Hub will provide the foundation for West Virginia's forthcoming manufacturing renaissance. This ten billion dollar investment will allow our multistate region, of which West Virginia is in the center, to become the second U.S. petrochemical manufacturing hub. Given this ...

Senate candidate Evan Jenkins still confident about Trump

Parkersburg News

... in a Pennsylvania congressional district that went Republican for President Trump in 2016 is no worry for a senatorial candidate in West Virginia. ... Jenkins was in Wood County on Friday, speaking to constituents and meeting with businesses about the tax reform package that cut taxes, he said.

WV National Guard the first step in Hobet reuse efforts

Charleston Gazette-Mail

“Nothing we're doing at Hobet infringes on the potential of manufacturing or other industries coming here in the future,” said West Virginia National Guard Maj. Gen. James ... “I wish I could say the Guard is bringing a thousand full-time manufacturing jobs to the site, but we're not,” Hoyer said. “Instead, we ...

Daily Mail short takes: On St. Patrick, Smart manufacturing, and tourism photo contest

Charleston Gazette-Mail

St. Patrick's Day is a favorite day of celebration for millions of Americans, both Irish-Americans and the non-Irish alike. The day commemorates Saint Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland in the late 5th century. It is held on the traditional death date of St. Patrick. Approximately 32 million — or 10 percent ...

Rep. McKinley recognized for tax credit efforts

Parkersburg News

McKinley was cited for his work to keep the credits during the recent debate on tax reform in the final package. “The National Trust applauds Congressman McKinley's leadership and successful advocacy to ensure that communities in West Virginia, and throughout the nation, will continue to be able to ...

Capito still sees tax overhaul as winning issue, despite PA upset

WV News

Va., thinks tax reform will be one of the key issues that helps keep her party in power after the November mid-term election. “I'm going to ... Capitalizing on the tax overhaul, Capito launched a new online initiative to collect the stories of positive change in communities across West Virginia. She is inviting ...

Jackson County distillery set to expand with WVEDA loan

Charleston Gazette-Mail

A Jackson County distillery is on its way to ramp up its current production, after the West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $415,000 loan at its monthly ... The approvals allow the bond holders to take advantage of new federal tax reform signed into law in December, Warner said.

Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg Sold to Illinois Company

Wheeling Intelligencer

WELLSBURG — Eagle Manufacturing Co. has been acquired by the Justrite Safety Group, Eagle President Joe Eddy announced. Justrite, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., was formed in 1906 and is a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products focused on asset protection and regulatory ...

Access road planned for plant at Harts Run

Beckley Register-Herald

LEWISBURG — Developers who are promising nearly 100 jobs in a brand new manufacturing plant in employment-thirsty Greenbrier County have obtained official support for construction of an access road to a 42-acre parcel at Harts Run. In addition to being the future site of the West Virginia Great ...

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