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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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Eagle Manufacturing workers on stage with Trump for tax talk
The Daily Times

MANUFACTURING TALK — Employees of Eagle Manufacturing and Warwood Tool joined other manufacturers from across the country to stand with ...

Trump meets with W.Va. businesses during National Association of Manufacturers conference
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

Joe Eddy, Eagle President/CEO and National Association of Manufacturers board member, extended invitations to Eagle employees Ingrid Loy, ...

RCBI extends training program for future women machinists to Bridgeport
The Exponent Telegram (press release)

The program is a partnership between West Virginia Women Work and RCBI's Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing ...

Steve Roberts: Road bond will benefit all West Virginians
Charleston Gazette-Mail

It will better connect West Virginia to our neighboring states, it will provide ... This past month delivered promising news to West Virginia. ... which produces engineering polymers for the automotive industry, will add 30 jobs to its ...

West Virginia Court Unblocks Right to Work Law

West Virginia's right to work law will be enforceable beginning October 15, 2017. The West VirginiaSupreme Court of Appeals, the state's highest ...

Guest editorial (Wheeling): West Virginia must phase out business inventory tax
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely ... One that seems to be gaining interest is eliminating the tax on business ...

Hino investing $100 million in US plant
Today's Trucking News

Hino's expansion will return an existing structure to active production and create more good manufacturing jobs right here in West Virginia.".

Toyota investing $400 million to manufacture hybrid powertrain in the US
Robotics and Automation News (press release) (registration)

The investment is to support production of its first American-made hybrid ... There will be no net gain of jobsat the Kentucky, West Virginia, or Bodine ...

At what cost? Legislature may try hand at eliminating personal property taxes
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

As evidence that tax reform could work in West Virginia, Nelson pointed to a Sept. 25 opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal that credited a decision ...

Counties want to avoid more cuts
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Tax reform has been on the minds of the West Virginia Legislature the last couple years. Efforts have been sought in the name of lowering the tax ...

At Least The Japanese Understand
Wheeling Intelligencer

Hino opened its West Virginia success story in 2007, with about 75 ... All the brains in the world won't do it in manufacturing if you don't have ...

Business news in brief
Huntington Herald Dispatch

"Manufacturers in north central West Virginia express difficulty finding ... The Step Up for Women Manufacturing program began at RCBI Huntington in ...

Phase Out W.VaTax on Inventory
Wheeling Intelligencer

Republicans in the Legislature had an idea for sweeping improvement, by phasing out the personal income tax, but it crashed and burned this spring.

Gazette editorial: Happy Toyota news hints at bright future
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, said the ability to make these transaxles is the path to the next generation of ...

Officials anticipate Hino to have positive impact on Parkersburg
Parkersburg News

PARKERSBURG — The impact of Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A.'s ... “I think it just sends a message that West Virginia and Parkersburg and the ..

Planned complex to bring jobs, manufacturing to Appalachia
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Planned complex to bring jobs, manufacturing to Appalachia ... West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Executive Director Executive Director ... said the chemical reactions at this complex will transform a gas to a powder to ...

Editorial: Toyota's continued investment a tribute to state
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plans to invest $115.3 million at its plant ... While this latest investment will not lead directly to more jobs, the ...

Economic roadmap for West Virginia pushed
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Economic roadmap for West Virginia pushed ... An outside study identified natural gas production and storage, plastics and chemical manufacturing, ... Rob Alsop, WVU vice president of strategic initiatives, notes West Virginia has ...

Bringing New Jobs to W.Va.
Wheeling Intelligencer

Tax reform, education and infrastructure come to mind. While state officials have just begun driving West Virginia down the road of economic ...

United States

US Manufacturers Optimistic About Economic and Tax Policy
Builder Magazine

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced Friday that its outlook survey rose to 60.95 in the third quarter, up from 60.75 last period.

Car dealers take on carmakers over legislation
Grand Forks Herald

"The auto dealers association is seeking many benefits for themselves in legislation that does nothing for consumers or manufacturers," carmaker ...

Manufacturing in US Expands at Fastest Pace in 13 Years

American manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace in 13 years, ... Harvey forced the shutdowns of Houston-area refineries and chemical ...

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