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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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Pence seeks revenge against Manchin

... told Pence last August he could not vote for the latest plan to repeal Obamacare but was committed to working on a bipartisan tax cut bill, according to Manchin and administration sources familiar with the private conversation, which took place at a tax reform event in the mountains of West Virginia.

Garrett Ballengee: Businesses respond to tax cuts (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

It is giving its U.S. workforce, including its 12,500 employees in West Virginia, $1,000 bonuses and raising its base wage to $11 an hour. ... Americans for Tax Reform, the number is now well over 300 – and as all employees see their paychecks rise from less federal withholding, opposition to tax cuts will ...

Manchin signs pledge to not campaign against fellow senators
West Virginia MetroNews

During a visit to West Virginia last week, Vice President Mike Pence called Manchin out for voting against the GOP tax reform plan. Manchin responded the next day on MetroNews “Talkline” saying Pence's remarks are an example of why “Washington sucks.” Manchin said in his Tuesday floor speech it's ...

EPA paves way for WV DEP to enforce state water quality standards
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The federal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection the green light to regulate the way the state enforces water ... Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, said the EPA's approval came as no surprise.

Moundsville, while in decline, has never been nearly as bad as the picture of rusting hell Mr. Trump ...
America Magazine

With fewer skills in the workforce, companies hesitate to invest in manufacturing plants and instead create service jobs that require minimal job training and skills. ... One is an artist in Kansas City, one an F.B.I. agent in eastern West Virginia, and one works in technology in California. “If you go to Kansas ...

WV Congressmen Say Opioid Epidemic Highest Priority
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Indiana started charging Medicaid recipients premiums under the Obama administration and both Kentucky and Indiana have been granted the ability to impose work requirements for those in the program. West Virginia officials said the state is in the planning stages to apply for the right to impose work ...

W.Va. state auditor: tax cuts to save state employees collective $50 million per year
WV News

“As our state slowly turns a financial corner, federal tax reform should provide a needed boost, adding more than $50 million into the pockets of our amazing state workforce and thus back into the state's economy. This is money that will be spent in West Virginia small businesses, who we know are the ...

Gurkee's sandal company succeeds and thrives in West Virginia
WV News

Through trials and triumphs, Ray Sickles, owner of Gurkee's Rope Sandals, brought the company to West Virginia and has continued to succeed in the footwear industry. (www.gurkees.com). Through his experience, Sickles has four pieces of advice that he thinks will help entrepreneurs who want to do ...

Letter: Inventory tax removal will benefit West Virginia (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Manufacturing Association members report that they will utilize the savings resulting from the phase out of this tax to invest in new equipment and technology, and to hire new workers. This initiative will help manufacturers in every part of the state, from small tool makers and craft brewers to ...

Troy Thomas: Phaseout of business tax will aid WV economy
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Automotive parts manufacturing is a capital intensive industry and requires advanced technology that changes and requires constant updating. In West Virginia, we are taxed on all the inventory we carry, the machinery we use to manufacture our products and the property on which we conduct our ...

Removing tax good policy for West Virginia
Parkersburg News

Chemours, created on July 1, 2015 as a spinoff from DuPont's performance chemicals businesses, is a world leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions. We operate two manufacturing facilities in West Virginia, which employ approximately 1,500 people. Our operations in ...

Community Colleges Are Changing the Way We Develop Our Workforce
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, jobs in manufacturing, IT, and health care are all in demand in the state – and to be qualified for those jobs, several only need a degree or certification from a CTC. Musselman High School senior Alexandria Cox wants to be a nurse.

Trump Comes to West Virginia, Gives Republicans Pep Talk at The Greenbrier
Wheeling Intelligencer

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Congressional Republicans in sweater vests and fleece gathered at a West Virginia resort Thursday in search of a winning election-year agenda, facing the notion that the best they have to offer in 2018 may be a recitation of the tax cuts approved in 2017 and ...

Community Colleges Are Changing the Way We Develop Our Workforce
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The main goal of the bill is to cultivate a strong workforce in West Virginia by making education at community and technical colleges more accessible. .... In the Eastern Panhandle, Blue Ridge provides training for careers in cyber security, software development, manufacturing and health care. “Really ...

Officials: Amendment needed to remove 'Greatest Impediment' to W.Va. Economy
Beckley Register-Herald

“Whether it's a two-person fabrication shop or a $5 billion chemical operation, this is an issue. We've seen it ... Following the meeting Rebecca R. McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, expressed the organization's position to the West Virginia Press Association: “The WVMA ...

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