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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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Rebecca McPhail: Time to speak up for WV energy
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Without a doubt, West Virginia is one of the most important energy producing states in the country. From our world class reserves of coal to our growing output of oil and natural gas, our state has tremendous potential to help our country become energy independent and put West Virginians back to work ...

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: Trump EPA bringing positive change (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Congress and the Trump administration are working to restore the proper balance that enforces our environmental laws while protecting our jobs. And we are already seeing positive results. West Virginiacoal production was up 23 percent in the first half of 2017 as compared with the first half of 2016.

Justice Supports Federal Tax Reform
WCBC Radio

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued a statement today supporting the efforts of President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders who are working on a federal tax reform package. “President Trump is continuing to keep his promise to Americans to help grow our country by providing our ...

Hal Quinn, Bill Raney: EPA is coming to WV, this time to listen (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The previous administration would never come to West Virginia and rejected ... That doesn't count the manufacturing jobs also at risk, or the $64 billion ...

Dave Peyton: W.Va. isn't teaching skills necessary for jobs
Huntington Herald Dispatch

In an article written by Jim Ross that appeared in both The State Journal and The Herald-Dispatch, a group of West Virginia employers said they are looking for ... Matt Oliver, assistant human resources manager for Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia in Putnam County, said nothing has changed.

Barrel company manager faced bankrupcy, fraud allegations before EDA loan
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Justice shakes hands with West Virginia Great Barrel Co. managing partners Tom Crabtree (left) and James Philip Cornett following the announcement, Oct. 19, that the new company will build a barrel-making facility in Greenbrier County. Cornett previously face personal and corporate bankruptcy ...

Governor reviews first 10 months in office, Justice: 'I think we're just really starting on our way'
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

The governor had decided that tackling West Virginia's neglected road system would put thousands of people to work and spur economic growth. ... drawn-out special session, Republicans and Democrats wrangled over some tax increases, no tax increases, income tax reform and massive budget cuts.

Capito all in on tax reform legislation; Manchin undecided
Charleston Gazette-Mail

... on a tax reform bill that the Senate could vote on as soon as next week. Manchin declined an interview request to talk about the current Senate legislation. His spokesman, Jon Kott, said in an email the Senator wants to learn more about the bill, how it will impact West Virginia and what changes might ...

Editorial: Schools, students need to develop 'soft' skills
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Those "soft skills" have not always been a top priority for students, but the conversation at the 2017 West Virginia Education Summit in Charleston ... As Matt Oliver, assistant human resources manager for Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia in Putnam County, put it, "We're looking for people who ...

W.Va. groups oppose tax reform, urge Capito to reject bill
West Virginia MetroNews

to vote against the Senate's tax reform bill. Among the participating groups: the AFT West Virginia, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, the West Virginia Council ...

WV Gov. Justice: China Energy $83.7B Agreement Means Jobs for State

West Virginia was represented by the state's Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher, and China Energy, represented by Ling Wen, in Beijing. According to the memorandum, the company will invest the $83.7 billion on chemical manufacturing projects and the development of shale gas in West ...

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