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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.

In West Virginia, location is a key selling point for manufacturing companies that want easy access to eastern markets and east coast shipping...

In West Virginia, location is a key selling point for manufacturing companies that want easy access to eastern markets and east coast shipping channels. Yet location means little if roads and bridges are not well maintained or modernized.

West Virginia ranks near the bottom — 46th — for its percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Infrastructure improvements must be made now so we can maintain and grow the manufacturing sector.

The opportunities for downstream manufacturing growth because of the vast amount of shale gas and its derivatives can be a game-changer for West Virginia if we develop the infrastructure necessary to attract investment to our state — investment that easily could be enticed to go elsewhere.

West Virginia manufacturers want great roads and strong bridges that are safe for our employees to drive and safe for the transportation of our goods.

Anything but a yes vote on Oct. 7 would ensure that the only roads used to capacity in West Virginia would be the ones our citizens need to find jobs elsewhere. We cannot allow that to happen.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association urges West Virginia voters to vote yes during the upcoming Road Bond election. The time for investment in our state is long overdue and must happen now.

The 2016 IEDC Economic Development Research Partners Report, Criitical Condition: Infrastructure for Economic Development, defines infrastructure as “the physical components of interrelated systems providing commodities and services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions.”

Economic infrastructure is defined by scholar Johan Fourie as, “infrastructure that promotes economic activity such as roads, highways, railroads, airports, sea ports, electricity, telecommunications, water supply and sanitation.”

This report and countless others have sounded alarms about the risks of a declining infrastructure in America, something with which West Virginia is all too familiar.

Economic growth in our country over the past two centuries happened at accelerated rates due in large part to early investment in high-quality infrastructure.

But according to the IEDC report, infrastructure today, “faces serious challenges that deserve urgent attention.”

The importance of sound infrastructure related to corporate investment decisions cannot be denied. KPMG’s report, Bridging the Global Infrastructure Gap, reports a mere 14 percent of senior executives believe that current infrastructure is “completely adequate,” while 90 percent say that “the quality and availability of infrastructure directly affects where they locate and expand business operations.”

We have a precious opportunity in West Virginia to take existing revenues and generate the funds necessary to transform our roads and bridges, and thereby transform our state’s economy.

Please understand this — no new taxes will be authorized in the Oct. 7 Roads to Prosperity Amendment. The revenue stream for this bond program already is in effect. Taxpayers already are paying it in the form of a few selected fee increases that the West Virginia Legislature authorized.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association implores West Virginia voters to ignore the naysayers who seem to want nothing more than for West Virginia to remain in last place in every category.

Let’s chart a new course for West Virginia, and vote yes on Oct. 7, with early voting taking place Sept. 22 to Oct. 4.

Rebecca McPhail is president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. Learn more at www.wvma.com.

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