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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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LISTEN: Take a Tour of One of W.Va.'s Most Successful Furniture Factories
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

... chicken eggs, a major pipeline project in Pennsylvania, and we take a tour of one of the most successful furniture manufacturers in West Virginia. ... trail and in his first State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice talked about the timber industry and boosting furniture manufacturing in West Virginia.

Poll: President Trump's approval rating down in W.Va. from one year ago

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new poll shows President Donald Trump's approval rating in the Mountain State has fallen since he was elected. According to the poll from W.Va. PR firm Orion Strategies, President Trump's approval rating is 51 percent approve with 48 percent of those polled ...

Super PAC Bolsters Patrick Morrisey's Campaign to Challenge Joe Manchin
Breitbart News

A Super PAC that supports West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced on Tuesday that it has raised $700,000, bolstering Morrisey's ... arguing that “President Trump is exactly right,” that Manchin “pretended to stand with West Virginians but then voted with Chuck Schumer” on tax reform.

Thrasher hopes to “capture a victory” in China this week
West Virginia MetroNews

State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher says he's in China this week to “capture a victory” for West Virginia. File. Woody Thrasher. The state signed a ... 9 for $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing projects over the next few decades. Thrasher recently told MetroNews ...

Fiscal discipline needed in W.Va.
The Steubenville Herald-Star

General revenue budget income was less than 0.14 percent higher than spending. There are reasons for cautious optimism. A general improvement in the nation's economy, spurred in part by tax reform, will help West Virginia. President Donald Trump's reversal of Obama-era anti-coal policies will help.

State's inventory tax is hindrance to economic development
WV News

West Virginia's tax structure is in many ways antiquated and self-defeating when it comes to job creation. Manufacturing, oil and natural gas, mining and construction jobs represent the highest paid jobs in the state. It is these types of employment opportunities that will benefit the most from eliminating a ..

New dawn for West Virginia – Reasons to hope and believe
WV News

... is coming from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania (the Shale Crescent USA) which is now producing almost 1/3 of our nation's natural gas. In 2010, this was just 3 percent. The Shale Crescent is also a leading producer of NGLs, the feedstock for petrochemicals. We need petrochemicals to produce ...

Coalfield Development Corp. working to end coal country's cycle of poverty
WV News

Today, he's the CEO of the Coalfield Development Corp., a multi-million-dollar operation dedicated to creating jobs and providing vital job training for southern West Virginia, where thousands of miners have lost their jobs in the state's troubled coal industry. Coalfield Development's various projects ...

Local lawmakers share views on key issues
WV News
“There's only about 12 states that tax Social Security income, and West Virginia is one of them,” he said. “I think if we were able to eliminate that tax, senior citizens who are on fixed income will greatly benefit and we might even become an attractive place for seniors born and raised here to want to move ...

Mid-Ohio Valley company makes acquisitions to expand reach
Parkersburg News

The company has grown and expanded since that time with about 60 employees at locations in Parkersburg, Fairmont and Charleston in West Virginia, along with a location in Bristol, Va. Collie said AIP specializes in providing interior products for commercial projects, including metal studs, drywall, ...

Manchin applauds Trump order on expanding rural broadband access
Beckley Register-Herald

Va., speaks about tax reform on Capitol Hill in Washington. ... David McKinley of West Virginia, who hope to attract the project to their home state. ... Va., applauded President Trump's executive order and memorandum aimed at expanding broadband access in rural communities in West Virginia and ...

Letter: Sen. Manchin said no to tax reform (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Our own West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin voted “no” to decrease the taxes on working families of our state. Many of these are households where both parents work, which requires maintaining two vehicles, delivering the kids to school in many cases and picking them up from day care. Manchin ...

Senate gavels in to session, introducing 151 bills
Beckley Register-Herald

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Senate gaveled into the first day of the 60-day regular session, introducing 151 bills Wednesday. Senators introduced several bills dealing with education, taxes and various social issues. ... Senate Bill 125: The 2018 Tax Reform Act. It was introduced by Karnes.

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