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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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West Virginia

Hino's Williamstown plant celebrates 10 years
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“In total, West Virginia has achieved a 500 percent increase in production ... “We'd been reducing manufacturing jobs, and unemployment had been ...

Justice talks teamwork with GOP legislative leaders Carmichael, Armstead
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Meanwhile, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said Monday ... That's how we got around to the whole discussion of tax reform.”.

WV legislator pushes bill to recall politicians
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“This is basically saying that any elected official in the state of West Virginia who is not living up to their promises and doing right by the people, the ...

Manchin one of three Democratic senators not to sign tax-reform stance
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

“The bottom line is, if it doesn't help West Virginia, it doesn't make sense to me, and just because there's an election doesn't mean I sign on or don't ...

Joe Manchin: 'I don't give a s--t' if I win re-election
Washington Examiner

"The bottom line is, if it doesn't help West Virginia, it doesn't make sense to me ... Republicans are pushing to have tax reform passed by Thanksgiving.

Are Competitive Electric Rates a Thing of the Past?
Wheeling Intelligencer

In that same period, West Virginia's industrial and manufacturing rates have increased by over 80 percent, and have doubled since earlier in the last ...

Low-cost electricity will bring manufacturing to America, big coal producer Robert Murray says
Fox Business

Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray said he met with President Trump on Thursday during the rally in Huntington, West Virginia. He told FOX Business ..

W.Va. GOP Shares Mixed Reactions to Justice Flip
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

"Many of his agenda items have been smaller government, lower taxes, lower ... Both pushed to drastically cut West Virginia's personal income tax to incite ... compromise with Justice and Senate Republicans on tax reform initiatives ...

Jobs for the New Appalachian Economy
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Stream restoration work in progress on an old mining site in West Virginia. ... Our executive producer is Jesse Wright, who also edited this show.

United States

Manufacturing Adds 16000 Jobs in July
Advanced Manufacturing

US manufacturing added 16,000 jobs last month, with makers of durable goods doing the heavy lifting. The durable goods sector added 13,000 jobs ...

EPA report shows economic growth, environmental rules can co-exist

Ross Eisenberg, vice president of Energy and Resources policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, agrees the Clean Air Act has been ...

EPA Eliminates New Chemical Backlog; Commits to Improvements to NewChemical Safety Reviews
The National Law Review

The press release also announces improvements to new chemical safety reviews, which include operating principles, improvement of EPA's Toxic ...

Manufacturing Jobs At Highest Level Since Obama Inauguration
NewsBlaze (registration) (blog)

How many Americans realize that manufacturing jobs in the United States hit their highest level since Barack Obama was inaugurated president in ...

Toyota and Mazda to build $1.6 billion factory in the US

Toyota and Mazda have announced plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in the United States that will create as many as 4,000 jobs.

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