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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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Tax brackets and why you shouldn't fear a raise
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

We don't know a lot about the Republican plan for tax reform, but, among the details we do have is a proposal to reduce the number of individual tax ...

John Dahlia - WV Chamber's Business Summit focused on optimistic economic future
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

He called on West Virginians and all Americans to pull together for flood ... Pence then spoke about President Donald Trump's proposed tax reform.

Mooney talks with constituents
Martinsburg Journal

“We need to keep working on these types of jobs in West Virginia. ... “That's one of things that we're working on with tax reform here — to cut taxes on ...

Ohio's Oil and Gas Pipeline and Production Facilities Move Toward Completion
WKSU News

Ohio's Oil and Gas Pipeline and Production Facilities Move Toward ... more manufacturing to the Appalachian basin, meaning Ohio, West Virginia, and ...

WV Supreme Court hears arguments on right-to-work case
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Since then, the case filed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and other unions challenging the legality of the right-to-work law has faced delays, including a ...

W.Va. AG Defends State's Right-To-Work Law
HNN Huntingtonnews.net

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey felt optimistic Tuesday following arguments to uphold the state's right-to-work law, ...

Unions continue challenge of 'right-to-work' law
Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - In a hearing Tuesday before the West Virginia Supreme Court, attorneys representing the West Virginia AFL-CIO, the West Virginia ...

Daily Mail editorial: Finally, someone pushes for a better tax code
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Speaking to West Virginia business leaders Wednesday at the state ... spoke of Trump's call on Congress to “fundamentally reform our tax code for the ...

Tiered development would maximize opportunities, Marshall County officials say
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Miller, a Marshal County commissioner, is convinced West Virginia can ... Ohio River and developing manufacturing opportunities on higher ground.

Labor Movement Faces Challenges Amid Growing Public Support For Unions
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tim Kaine, D-Va., speak before the annual Labor Day Parade, Monday, ... which he said only encouraged U.S. companies to send work to Mexico at ...

Union miners look to future with determination at annual picnic
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

... the passage of prevailing wage and right-to-work laws by the West Virginia ... “[The non-union mines] take and bribe these people to work for them, ...

The latest fight for employee rightswork schedule predictability
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The latest fight for employee rightswork schedule predictability ... Book Soup, in West Hollywood, California, uses a very low-tech scheduling system ...

THE LAW: Morrisey adamant on Right to Work during WV Business Summit presentation
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he will go all the way to ... Supreme Court if necessary to uphold West Virginia's right-to-work law.

Diversification needed in West Virginia
The Daily Times

One of our local companies, Eagle Manufacturing, has been doing quite well in recent years with the development of its various plastics products, ...

Mike Fulton: September will be eventful month in DC for both WV, nation
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

... success of West Virginia and Appalachia. These include the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Legal Services Corporation, Manufacturing ...

Commerce secretary details jobs focus
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Woody Thrasher, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, talks to ... communication among state departments, tax reform affecting businesses, ... Last year, West Virginia harvested two million board feet from its state ...

Politics Could Affect Hub Site
Wheeling Intelligencer

Ethane is used in manufacturing a variety of products, including plastics. ... There's a very good chance a Thai company, PTT Global Chemical, will ... The vast majority of gas wells in West Virginia are in the northwest quadrant of the ...

Higher ed plays key role in economic development
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Marshall also is spinning off companies that are having phenomenal ... In order to be successful at helping to create jobs in West Virginia, Gilbert says ...

Economic roadmap for W.Va. outlined
The Daily Times

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end tourism and automotive assembly are sectors where ...

Legislature to continue belt-tightening, legal reform
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia House of Delegates Finance Chairman Eric Nelson, ... Trump said doing away with the tax will require amending the West Virginia ...

Skills gap cited as challenge for W.Va.
Huntington Herald Dispatch

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Closing the skills deficit of West Virginia's workforce and offering programs that teach the skills employers are ...

Hurricane Harvey Is Another Good Reason for Northeast PetrochemicalExpansion
Newsmax

If eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia were a country they would be the third largest natural gas producer in the ...

Economic Roadmap for West Virginia Outlined
U.S. News & World Report

West Virginia's state university and commerce officials say plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end tourism and automotive ...

Pence pushes tax reform, flood relief at West Virginia Business Summit
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Pence also asked West Virginia's congressional delegation to support the president's proposed tax reformmeasures, calling out U.S. Sen. Shelley ...

WV lawmakers hype growth plan at Chamber's annual summit
Huntington Herald Dispatch

West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, speaks ... we need to continue discussions on tax reform as to create a pro-growth tax ... "These taxes are a very outdated part of our current tax structure," he said.

Ethane Storage Could Bring 100000 Jobs to the Ohio Valley
Wheeling Intelligencer

Photo by Casey Junkins Brian Anderson, director of the West Virginia ... manufacturing, was the motivation for the governors of West Virginia, Ohio, ...

United States

Trump's strategy on tax reform has him berating Democrats
Bradenton Herald

Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Both declined to sign a Senate Democratic caucus letter to Trump and congressional ...

Foxconn $3B package passes legislative budget panel, heads to State Senate
Milwaukee Business Journal

Foxconn $3B package passes legislative budget panel, heads to State ... The State Senate will hold floor debate on the Foxconn legislation on Sept. ... Court ruling related to the technology manufacturing zone that includes Foxconn.

US Economy Generated 156000 Jobs In August, Short Of Estimates
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public Broadcasting logo ... The U.S. economy created an estimated 156,000 jobs in August, falling slightly short of analysts' estimates. ... The Labor Department also cut previous estimates for jobgrowth in June ... Labor agency says the biggest gain was in manufacturing, with 36,000 jobs.


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