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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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Manufacturers group worries about bill to allow guns in parking lots
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation which would allow workers to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while at their place of work, appears to have traction in the legislature, but it's not winning the support of a large group of West Virginia employers. The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is ...

Here are the states most threatened by steel tariffs

And if those companies suffer, so could workers. MarketWatch analyzed state-level employment in industry groups connected to trade in those commodities. An effort to save the 139,000 jobs that produce steel and aluminum could put about 6 million jobs at risk in industries that buy and use a lot of the ...

Finding Funds
The Inter-Mountain

Then, West Virginia legislators will have to come up with money — lots of it — to pay for whatever the settlement costs. Gov. Jim Justice's office is not likely to be much help. ... The governor is right about one thing: Tax reform at the federal level should help West Virginia. And yes, the $1.6 billion highway ...

West Virginia's Striking Teachers Are The Key To Building A Post-Coal Economy
Fast Company

On Thursday, February 22, thousands of public school teachers in all 55 counties in West Virginia walked out of their classrooms in protest over low .... could make to create more funding for teachers and healthcare, and they involve raising taxes on coal, natural gas, and manufacturing corporations, ...

We have what the Japanese need, Could it help our teachers?
WV News
We want them to use our natural gas to create long-term, career-oriented construction and manufacturing jobsWest Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania have been branded as the Shale Crescent USA in order to compete with the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Shale Crescent USA is now producing ...

High-tech jobs no longer unusual in Huntington
WV News

“That might have meant losing a growing company to another state, but HADCO helped convince them to stay in West Virginia and open a new larger office on Third Avenue in the River Tower West,” he said. Huntington's high-tech jobs are by no means limited to the Information Technology sector.

Is the West Virginia teachers' strike the future of American labor?
In West Virginia, a so-called "right to work" state, the public sector unions are already prohibited from requiring agency fees and hard-pressed to negotiate contracts, a set of rules that left the teachers in this current fight with little lawful recourse when the state repeatedly refused to meet their demands.

Howard Swint: WV can return as nation's powerhouse
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Accordingly, existing West Virginia power plants can not only provide the “base-load” required to further advance the integration of wind- and solar-based ... founded upon a network of ethane storage facilities, all the while supplying the state's existing propane-based chemical manufacturing value chain.

State leaders tout regional shale opportunities to Japan's petrochemical industry
WV News

Riley agreed the Japanese companies were interested in the opportunities available in West Virginia, “specifically in the downstream petrochemical market sector.” He said creating jobs and economic drivers in West Virginia is crucial, and said foreign direct investment is one way to help achieve it.

Hundreds take advantage of West Virginia Job and Resource Fair opportunities
Beckley Register-Herald

SOUTH CHARLESTON — If all goes as expected, some unemployed or underemployed West Virginians this week may be starting new careers as early as next week. That's the report from a few of the participating businesses at the South Charleston Regional Job and Resource Fair, held Friday at ...

P&G gears up new $500M plant
Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co. began manufacturing Bounce dryer sheets at its new $500 million plant in West Virginia last week, and hundreds of jobs will be added as the company ramps up production of other brands. The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG) now employs 330 at the plant ...

AK Steel Applauds the Trump Administration's Announced Plans to Issue Tariffs on Imported Steel ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) said that the company supports President Trump's ... 9,200 employees at manufacturing operations across seven states (Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), as well as in ...

US Rep. Jenkins: Eastern Panhandle is in good economic position
Martinsburg Journal

“It's time to grow good jobs in our state,” Jenkins said. “Here in West ... “My focus was on job creation — on economic development and competitiveness,” Jenkins said. ... Jenkins would like West Virginia to again be a competitive manufacturing hub, something federal infrastructure funds could help start.

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