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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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Why pharma companies are bowing out of generics
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Since the 1980s, after a branded drug's patent expires, manufacturers dive into the market, pushing prices down 80 percent to 90 percent. While that's ...

State leaders need to focus energy on promoting forestry industry
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

A recent study by the Appalachian Hardwood Center and West Virginia ... includes container and pallet manufacturing, which is big in West Virginia.

Petya cyberattack halts Merck production, hurts profits
Healthcare IT News

West Virginia hospital system replaced all of its hard drives and is still attempting to get all systems back to full operation. FedEx reported the ...

Senate Dems press for bipartisan talksto overhaul tax code
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Senate Dems press for bipartisan talks to overhaul tax code ... that we will be able to earn their support with our tax reform agenda,” he said, sitting beside ... Joe Manchin of West Virginia, faces difficult reelection prospects of his own.

Relationship Remains Strained Between Justice, Legislature
Wheeling Intelligencer

WHEELING — During his first seven months in office, West Virginia Gov. ... session in June that Justice and Senate leadership agreed on tax reform, ...

Americans are too drugged up to work: Manufacturing companies are turning to ROBOTS as the ...
Daily Mail

One West Virginia company reported that half of its applicants for a manufacturing job fail or refuse to take a mandatory pre-employment drug test.

'Coal to cars'? Ky. company bets that could be a thing
E&E News

His other company, Ramaco Resources, went public in January and is bringing two West Virginia mines online, hoping to take advantage of improving ...

'Little Engine Plant That Could'
Ward's Auto

Curry is president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia located in Buffalo, WV. The 21-year-old factory manufactures 4- and 6-cyl. engines and ..

Capito, Manchin say they're ready to work on bipartisan fixes after health care vote

The Dominion Post
CHARLESTON — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito voted July 28 to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act in legislation ...

What Congress can learn from West Virginia about tax reform and budgets
100 Days in Appalachia

What Congress can learn from West Virginia about tax reform and budgets. Gov. Jim Justice delivers his first State of the State speech on Wednesday, ...

Maintenance and Repair Shop Is Closing After 80 Years
U.S. News & World Report

(AP) — An 80-year-old maintenance and repair shop in West Virginia is closing its doors due to struggles in the coal and manufacturing industries.

Jeff Vandall named to new development post
Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Development Office has named a new deputy director and sales director for its Business and Industrial ...

Scouts visit RCBI 3-D printing exhibit
Huntington Herald Dispatch
RCBI is showcasing the additive manufacturing technology as an exhibitor in the West Virginia Exhibit tent, where attendees have the opportunity to ...

'Jim's Promise': Highway infrastructure projects to create jobs
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

'Jim's Promise': Highway infrastructure projects to create jobs ... Roads to Prosperity,” West Virginia'sgovernor spoke Wednesday to local leaders ... We surely need to revitalize our coal industry, but we need to bring real live tourism ...

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) “There's An Awful Lot At Stake Right Now.”
FOX News Radio (blog)

I'm a West Va. Democrat, I'm sure not a Washington Democrat but I want to get things done. I came here to do something, and I'm ready to work with ...

United States

Stihl's manufacturing technology summer camp helps to address the skills gap

Over the next decade, 2 million manufacturing jobs out of 3.5 million available ... to go unfilled according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

Industry to EPA: We want rule 'fixed, not just gone'
E&E News

The heavy-hitting U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers advocated an "inside-the-fence" approach to power ...

Foxconn, Wisconsin's Manufacturing Future?

For all its limitations, the free market does a pretty good job of allocating ... Since the recession manufacturing jobs have either stabilized or grown ...

ACC Reports June Chemicals Growth

The American Chemistry Council has reported that global chemicals production rose 0.4 percent in June, indicating a positive outlook for industrial ...

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