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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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State leaders react to CNBC ranking West Virginia worst for business
West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – CNBC has ranked West Virginia as the worst state for ... new jobs will have been created in West Virginia, mostly in manufacturing.

Pass the Pork: West Virginia needs Byrd-style clout
Parkersburg News

What draws these small manufacturers, and the companies they supply, to Kentucky? A good workforce, proximity to raw materials and political ...

Letter: West Virginia as a Rolling Stones song (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

One side might not get their way on safety-net cutbacks, educational cutbacks and on tax reform and its plunge into the unknown. The other side might ...

Now we can measure economic policy uncertainty
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Sure, many business owners out there are rooting for tax reform and hoping for fewer federal regulations. But they may also just want some ...

Jenkins updates business leaders on WV projects
Huntington Herald Dispatch

West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the ... "There will be $2.5 billion coming to West Virginia in federal funds to ... is a lot of work still to do on health care, an infrastructure bill and tax reform.

Morrisey launches bid for US Senate
Parkersburg News

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey kicked of his campaign ... He talked about the need for major regulatory reform and tax reform.

Governor Justice blames lawmakers as report says West Virginia worst state for business

“The West Virginia Legislature keeps twiddling their thumbs while our state continues to stay ... money, didn't reform the tax code, refused to help coal miners and crippled schools, making it difficult for people to be career ready.

STEM Summer Academy for Girls returns to WVU Tech this week
Beckley Register-Herald

With funding provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, current and incoming female high school students are able to study and take ...

Appalachia joins the race for the multibillion-dollar petrochemicals boom

But the American Chemistry Council and regional boosters believe states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia are positioned to ...

Income tax unfair to working class
Martinsburg Journal

After working 40-50 years of their life and contributing money to taxes and social ... That's right, more people don't work than work in West Virginia.

Justice lauds jobs training initiative
Beckley Register-Herald

Martire, who went to college West Virginia Wesleyan, said he thinks this is ... “People had good jobs, but then the coal industry started to decline, the ...

Roxul to Build New Manufacturing Plant in West Virginia
Reliable Plant Magazine

Roxul recently announced plans to build a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility in Ranson, West Virginia. The new plant will cover 460,000 ...

WSAZ Investigates: Where are the jobs?

While Ohio is similar to West Virginia in that manufacturing is down, the state has shown significant growth in areas where West Virginia.

Ford reflects on trip to Japan
The Review

Pat Ford is reflecting on West Virginia's continuing relationship with Japan ... Twenty-one of those international companies are based in Japan, ...

Small-scale Logging Still Big Business in W.Va.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, most of the state's trees are harvested by ... Aircraft manufacturing has a long history in the Ohio Valley region stretching ...

Big cuts ahead for energy innovation programs
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Aaron Palumbo looks into a furnace he helped develop in a lab on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. His company, Big Blue ...

Lawmakers make case for hardwood industry sales tax reform
The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS — In the days leading to a final agreement concerning the state's budget and during intense debate concerning tax reformWest Virginia ...

Addivant Marks Expansion for Weston® 705 Antioxidant with Ribbon Cutting at Morgantown, W.Va ...

... mark a multi million dollar expansion for its WESTON® 705 nonylphenol free antioxidant at the company'sMorgantown, W.Vamanufacturing facility.

Legislators share in budget frustrations
Huntington Herald Dispatch

The budget for the state of West Virginia was approved by lawmakers ... was Justice's comments that the stalling of the tax reform bill and the budget ...

Byrd Institute partners with ChalleNGe Academy for manufacturing training
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

... by securing employment and/or continuing to seek out opportunities through registered apprenticeships at manufacturers here in West Virginia.” ...

Production of coal up slightly, but future unclear
The Daily Times

WHEELING — U.S. electricity producers burned about 110 million tons of West Virginia coal in 2007, but that number fell by 60 percent to about 44 ...

WVU Law professor: Energy efficiency jobs available if West Virginia wants them
West Virginia Record

“These include the manufacturing jobs associated with producing industrial energy efficiency products - taking advantage of West Virginia's strategic ...

McKinley shepherds Brownsfields legislation
West Virginia MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia First District Congressman David ... McKinley pointed to Pietro Fiorentini, a natural gas supplier that broke ...

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