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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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Howard Swint: New routes...

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Howard Swint: New routes for West Virginia's future (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Howard Swint: New routes for West Virginia's future (Daily Mail) ... Historically, West Virginia's strategic plans for economic growth have had limited ... when considering the potential for downstream value-added manufacturing.

WV employers say they have job openings but they need adaptable, drug-free workforce
West Virginia MetroNews

Walko of MotionMasters described her video production company as a small ... Each of the business leaders agreed with West Virginia's widespread ...

Explore the New Manufacturing Academy provides middle schoolers with real tech experience
Beckley Register-Herald

The statewide education campaign of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund was the fifth and last installment of the program.

Some West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust investments succeed, some fail
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

“Maybe it's because my line is not a traditional West Virginia industry and there's just a lack of expertise for my line and there's expertise in other lines.

James Foster: State's businesses need revamped tax code
Huntington Herald Dispatch

In fact, according to the Tax Foundation, tax reform could bring West Virginia an estimated 8,800 new jobs and give median households $3,726 more ...

Statehouse Beat: A better tax climate doesn't always mean more business
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Not only that, but it ranked West Virginia ahead of all neighboring states: ... Second, if our tax climate is better than our neighboring states, and ... ranking, have the myriad tax cuts and other “business friendly” reforms come close to ...

'Thriving' Manufacturers Still Looking for a Boost from Washington

A survey of manufacturers in the middle market shows that continuing ... Menaker, a member of the National Association of Manufacturers' board of ...

Auto Industry Declares War on Trump Over NAFTA

Then-candidate Donald Trump turned American manufacturing jobs into a cornerstone of his campaign and early on attacked Ford over its plans to ...

Lida Shepherd: Don't be fooled by promise of 'tax reform'
Charleston Gazette-Mail

So, who will pay for these massive tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent? ... have been hard hit in recent decades, especially families in West Virginia.

Commissioners advocate for county priorities at the White House
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

West Virginia county commissioners participate in a National Association of ... Va., joined the group to discuss the federal budget, tax reform, economic ... West Virginia commissioners were the sixth group of county officials to attend ...

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