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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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Ten Steps to Attract, Retain Qualified Workers in 2018
Construction Equipment Guide (press release) (blog)

Finding, developing and retaining tomorrow's skilled workforce is one of the most significant challenges facing manufacturers today. According to Rusty McCarty, CEO of CustomEd, a nonprofit organization that provides customized educational programming for cause-based initiatives, there are a ...

The big and bold change West Virginia needs
Point Pleasant Register

Whether I'm at a roundtable discussion or the grocery store, so many West Virginians have shared with me what tax reform would mean for them and their families. After more than three decades of dealing with an outdated and complicated tax code, Congress finally delivered this long overdue reform ...

State tax reform to be narrowed in 2018 session
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Efforts to reform taxes in West Virginia will take on a different tone in the coming legislative session. After numerous proposals to make big changes to income and sales tax structures failed to pass state lawmakers plan to focus their efforts on eliminating one specific tax in 2018, ...

Gazette editorial: Sen. Manchin deserves thanks
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Manchin added: “You can't call this tax reform.” More than most states, West Virginia needs Social Security, Medicare, federal college scholarships, CHIP and other programs that give people a chance at education, employment and health. Republicans would sabotage this safety net, just to give tax ...

Looming Bombardier decision concerns WV politicians, airport officials
Charleston Gazette-Mail

With Bombardier's commercial aircraft service center in Bridgeport employing hundreds, West Virginiapoliticians and airport officials have unsurprisingly spoken out about a trade dispute that could end in major tariffs imposed on the Canadian company. Boeing, the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturing ...

US Rep. Evan Jenkins: The new tax plan will help West Virginia
Williamson Daily News

Help is on the way - on Tuesday, I proudly voted in the House to pass the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, a landmark, once-in-a-generation tax reform bill. West Virginia is on the verge of an economic revival, as our state's economy has turned the corner this year and even has one of the highest growth rates in the ...

Experts: Natural gas prices low, uptick in production expected

Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, says natural gas prices haven't been this low since 1976. ... of Understanding with the state Department of Commerce for almost $84 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing projects in The ...

Chris Hamilton: Potential for West Virginia growth off the charts (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Great Barrel Company announced plans to build a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and use West Virginia's hardwoods to produce oak barrels for distillers. Hino Motors is relocating its truck assembly plant in Wood County and will add 250 manufacturing jobs. Bidell Gas Compression ...

WV EDA delays barrel company loan decision
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Economic Development Authority on Thursday postponed its decision on final approval of a loan to West Virginia Great Barrel Company, saying the company is still working to finalize a matching loan to help finance its planned Greenbrier County operations. EDA members moved the decision ...

West Virginia delegation comments on GOP tax bill passage
Beckley Register-Herald

While West Virginia's congressional Republican's lauded th etax reform bill that sailed Congress, lone Democrat Sen Joe Manchin raised concerns about adding to the nation's debt and not doing enough to help middle-class and lower-income families. The tax bill, which is the first major overhaul of U.S. ...

Bringing artificial intelligence to the factory floor
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

He was the founder of the artificial intelligence research project Google Brain. And his latest company is called Landing.AI. The startup has partnered with the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, as well as other companies in Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China to bring more AI into the ...

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