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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.

Media Minute— a weekly dispatch of local, national and world news impacting West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.


Media Minute— a weekly dispatch of local, national and world news impacting West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.

Charleston Gazette-Mail
Shott said the proposed West Virginia law provides no exceptions for private businesses, including the burgeoning ethylene petrochemical industry, which will make it difficult to compete with states like Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana – states that carve out exceptions barring firearms on chemical plant ...

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U.S. News & World Report
West Virginia's House has voted 85-14 to let employees bring loaded guns to their workplaces as long as they are locked in their vehicles. ... He said 22 other states have some version of this law, but with some limits on where it applies, such as at chemical factories and oil and gas refineries in Texas.

Study outlines the need for new thinking
Beckley Register-Herald

For central Appalachia, the situation has been even worse and job levels have decreased even as other areas rebound. In 2005, southern West Virginia was home to some 15,200 mining jobs. Ten years later that number had fallen to just 7,400 jobs. Those numbers mirror a fall in coal production in the ...

Marshall intent on creating jobs for West Virginia workers
WV News
HUNTINGTON — With President Jerry Gilbert at the wheel, Marshall University is revving up its economic development engine, with a goal of creating new jobs for West Virginia workers. “Marshall University,” Gilbert says. “is committed to being more actively involved in economic development and intent ...

Capito, Jenkins report on positive impact of tax reform
Huntington Herald Dispatch

"I'm proud of what we accomplished with tax reform, but I also know there is more work to be done. Let's continue building on the momentum we've created, and keep West Virginia moving forward." Jenkins said in the same release that tax reform is good news for West Virginia working men and women.

The Next Great, High-Tech Career? Manufacturing
Fox and Hounds Daily

Their work has helped JUST make delicious, affordable meals for people from Marin County to McDowell County, West Virginia. There is a myth that technology comes at the expense of manufacturing jobs. In fact, the opposite is true: we can't fill all the positions science has created. Right now ...
Greenbrier joins Hardwood Alliance

Beckley Register-Herald

lewisburg — Acting on an endorsement by the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Greenbrier County Commission is joining a regional alliance that promotes the hardwood manufacturing and processing industry. The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone is an economic ...


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