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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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Legislation aims to help create jobs in W.Va.
Beckley Register-Herald

“Not only would a regional storage hub help us make the most of our ... In a recent economic study, the American Chemistry Council concluded that ...

West Virginia Senate Abandons Tax Reform, Passes Budget
Wheeling Intelligencer

WHEELING — West Virginia Senate Republicans on Tuesday abandoned plans for tax reform, then passed a budget based on an increased revenue ...

West Virginia Senate Votes to Fund 'Essential' Services
U.S. News & World Report

West Virginia's Senate has voted to fund "essential" personnel and services while ... "Without meaningful tax reform, the only option that remains is to pass a budget that ... Jim Justice to cut income taxes while raising the sales tax.

RAP-T adds production line and Toyota as customer
Richmond Register

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and Toyota Motor Manufacturing-West Virginia President Leah Curry joined senior RAP-T executives in cutting a ...

W.Va.'s only brick manufacturer marks 100 years
Herald-Mail Media

Steve Boutyard works to adjust uncured bricks Wednesday before they are fired in the kiln at Continental Brick Co. in Martinsburg, W.Va. He has ...

Manufacturing Plant Locates in Weirton
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A ground breaking ceremony in Weirton, West Virginia, where Pietro Fiorentini will be building out a manufacturing facility that provides products for ..

United States

Trump hears from panel on workforce development at WCTC
BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)

Trump hears from panel on workforce development at WCTC ... of a skilled workforce to grow America's manufacturing future,” Laszkiewicz said.

US lawmakers agree on new Russia sanctions

Then-President Barack Obama in late December ordered sanctions on Russian spy agencies, closed two Russian compounds and expelled 35 ...

Manufacturing Safety Tech Deep in the Heartland

How has a serial entrepreneur with a manufacturing podcast and a passion for the industry turned his attention to improving safety in factories?

Where Manufacturing Is Thriving In The US

Although the share of industrial jobs has shrunken from 10.5% of all nonfarm employment in 2005 to 8.5% today, manufacturing continues to have an ...

EPA delays chemical safety rule until 2019
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay implementation of an Obama-era chemical safety rule for nearly two years while it reassesses ...

White House plans “workforce development week,” led by Ivanka Trump
WDEF News 12

In that vein, the White House is dubbing next week “workforce development week.” The administration will announce new administrative actions ...

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