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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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Coal Country Tech Job Program Heads For New Round
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

She is now employed by Interapt, the Louisville-based tech company that was involved in the program. And she said she's happy to report that she's ...

WVU Researchers Report, Gas Storage Hub Possibilities Abound
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia University is set to release a report this week that explores the geologic ... “There have been a lot of innovations in smart manufacturing, efficient ... He and other industry experts are hopeful that tens of thousands of jobs ...

Governor kicks off West Virginia business summit
WVVA TV (registration)

With West Virginia being the 26th Workplace Freedom Right-to-Work state in America, West VirginiaSenate President Mitch Carmichael gave an ...

Sen. Ed Gaunch to chair Government Organization Committee
Beckley Register-Herald

“It is my privilege and honor to serve the people of West Virginia in the role of chairman of the committee on government organization,” Gaunch said in ...

WVU-led study indicates WV, OH, & PA could support job growth by storing ethane

West Virginia University's Energy Institute, along with assorted partners, ... “101,000 jobs are in mostly in chemical manufacturing, the crackers, and

West Virginia 'at a crossroads' with Appalachian Storage Hub development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

"But if we're going to build out enough to support the ... amount of production we can support in the region and what the American Chemistry Council is ...

Berkeley Co. approves Procter & Gamble PILOT agreement
Herald-Mail Media

Procter & Gamble Co. has paid more than $490,000 in taxes on the land it purchased in Berkeley County, W.Va., to build a new plant, but an ...

WVU Researchers Report, Gas Storage Hub Possibilities Abound
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia University is set to release a report this week that explores the ... “There have been a lot of innovations in smart manufacturing, efficient ... and lower environmental footprint manufacturing in the the chemical sector that ...

Study: Massive ethane storage facility needed in Appalachia
Pittsburgh Business Times

Filled with “must read” stories, industry news and reporter insights, ... to boost energy and manufacturing in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. ... Future ethane crackers — Shell, one proposed by PTT Global Chemical in Dilles ...

Letter: Washington should ease regulations on steel industry (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

... levels over the past several years have created competitive disadvantages for the industry and endangered key manufacturing jobs in West Virginia.

State Regulators Fine Company In West Virginia Miner's Death

State regulators have cited and fined the operator of a West Virginia coal mine in the death of a shuttle car operator. Pinnacle Mining Co. was ...

Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight
The Hill

The West Virginia Democrat is trying to walk an increasingly narrow path that ... The political shift in West Virginia over the past decade poses hurdles for ... is open to working with Republicans on tax reform, a key GOP agenda item.

Technology firm opens South Charleston office, looks to hire 300 people
West Virginia MetroNews

“If you're here in West Virginia, give us two years,” he said. ... Steven Mnuchin in Parkersburg on Monday to discuss the importance of tax reform, one ...

Meeting and Business Summit is opportunity evaluate economic future
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

That is the question, and although it is a matter of degree, West Virginia has a chance for growth of the chemical industry at a scale it has not seen in ...

WV man in Trump-Russia emails identified
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“It's 100 percent true, I'm the 'WV' guy, and it had everything to do with ... the company that said in 2016 it would build an ammunition manufacturing ...

W.Va. Doesn't Have to be Kansas: How Smart Tax Reform Can Succeed
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

That is why the Fair 55 Tax Reform Plan for West Virginia advocated a competently designed, thoroughly tested and responsibly implemented, ...

Jason Barr: Everything good always comes late to WV
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

West Virginia was once a chemical manufacturing hub: plastics, solvents, ... to bring many good paying manufacturing jobs to the Kanawha Valley.

Foreign trade zone expansion aims to boost WV import activity
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Flowers outside the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant in Putnam County during the plant's 20th anniversary celebration last September.

Statehouse Beat: August lull at the Statehouse? Not this year
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

... in the Senate during the 2017 budget impasse because of his moderate views on tax reform. ... (The recently completed 6.7-mile upgrade of W.Va.

Women Wanted for Free Manufacturing Training Program
HNN Huntingtonnews.net

This class is offered tuition free thanks to a joint effort between West Virginia Women Work, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, and Apprenticeship Works! an ...

Officials break ground to bring public water to 162 Elgood families
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Va., gathered at Mountain View Community Church in Elgood Friday morning ... The project, which taps into lines from West Virginia Water Company, ...

Progressive group launches as WV Democrats shape up campaigns
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Ryan Frankenberry, director of the newly launched West Virginia Working ... speaks during the launch of the West Virginia Working Families Party Saturday. ... amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

As congressional recess winds down, Capito looks at legislative goals
West Virginia MetroNews

Va., said there will be plenty to work on when legislators begin work in ... participating in a roundtable discussion with the West Virginia Broadcasters ... Capito said her main legislative goals include tax reform— which is shared ...

United States

Harvey triggers spike in hazardous chemical releases

The Gulf Coast is home to nearly a quarter of the U.S. fuel refining output and half the country's chemical manufacturing. The storm has cut power to ..

Is Donald Trump Right About NAFTA?

From the U.S. perspective, an overwhelming focus on rules of origin in the auto sector as a proxy for manufacturing job creation in the United States ...

How Trump Can Protect Property Rights When He Renegotiates NAFTA
Investor's Business Daily

NAFTA's ISDS system has compiled a very good record of protecting ... The National Association of Manufacturers and more than 100 other U.S. .

US manufacturing output fell 0.1 percent in July; overall industrial production rose 0.2 percent
WPXI Pittsburgh

US manufacturing output fell 0.1 percent in July; overall industrial .... officer with the Robert Wood Jonson Foundation and a native of West Virginia.

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