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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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Balzout co-founder Scott Cable dies at 54
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Scott Cable, who co-founded Kanawha Valley-based apparel company ... He graduated from West VirginiaUniversity and started Charleston-based ...

WV legislators close special session
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Prior to, and well after, Justice presented second budget bill, lawmaker spent the special session debating tax reform measures to support the budget.

Gazette editorial: Tax cut dressed as health 'reform'
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Gazette editorial: Tax cut dressed as health 'reform' ... Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, hasn't yet said whether she will support the GOP plan to ...

Del. Eric Nelson: The real story behind the state budget (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Jim Justice has allowed the constitutionally required West Virginia budget for ... To replace the lost revenue from lower income taxes, the Senate plan ... was consumed by the Senate's effort to implement tax reforminto balancing the ...

Braskem to Build “Largest” Polypropylene Line in Americas
Powder Bulk Solids

Braskem's new line will have a production capacity of 450 kt/yr upon ... six production plants in the U.S. in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

National Energy Technology Library Vital to W.Va. Future
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Currently, almost all the REEs used in manufacturing are exported, from China. NETL has 15 ... NETL's success is indeed vital to West Virginia's future.

Editorial: Other than roads plan, budget accomplishes little
Huntington Herald Dispatch

The budget passed by the West Virginia legislature for the fiscal year ... Although tax reform seemed to be the byword for all parties involved, they ...

Wheeling-Nisshin honored for safety
The Steubenville Herald-Star

Wheeling-Nisshin Inc. was presented the 2017 BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association's Safety Award for ...

International company coming to area
Martinsburg Journal

West Virginia is honored to be selected as the site of the first U.S. manufacturing facility for TeMa Technologies and Materials,” said Secretary of ...

United States

New study projects 2 million more natural gas related jobs by 2040
Pittsburgh Business Times

A new study released Tuesday by the American Petroleum Institute predicted two million new jobs coming from the natural gas industry by 2040.

If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won't be what many expect
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry is looking to automation to keep productivity ... Bottom line: These are not your fathers' manufacturing jobs.

Donald Trump to call for US dominance in global energy production
The Sydney Morning Herald

Donald Trump to call for US dominance in global energy production .... who helped propel Mr Trump to victory with wins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia ...

WSJ: US Fracking Revolution Revives American Plastics Industry

“The American Chemistry Council predicts it will add $294 billion to U.S. economic output and 462,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2025, though ...

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