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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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Eagle Manufacturing President Chosen for WV Executive's Sharp Shooter's

Eagle Manufacturing Company President and CEO Joe Eddy was recognized this week as one of West Virginia's leading business executives, and ...

Stephen Smith: A simple solution for WV's budget (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Tax reform dug that hole. Corporate taxes went down, but jobs were lost — not created. West Virginians know that tax cuts for the rich won't work, ...

State Offers Revised 2018 Revenue Projection
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, state officials have revised revenue ... as the Senate takes up it's version of a tax reform bill amid ongoing negotiations.

NatGas, Coal Are Silver Lining As West Virginia Wades Through Budget Impasse
Natural Gas Intelligence

In the midst of a historic budget impasse, West Virginia's severance tax ... Lawmakers remain at odds over spending and tax reform, meeting ...

Manchin is AWOL on Tax Reform Debate
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

If the people of West Virginia are to prosper in that economy, we need reform that simplifies the tax code for all Americans, closes loopholes that favor ...

Jenkins talks energy in Fayette County
Beckley Register-Herald

Jenkins, who represents the Third District in Congress, spent time earlier Friday visiting with employees of West Virginia Manufacturing in Alloy, and ...

West Virginia sets Supreme Court date for Right to Work
PR NewsChannel (press release)

The battle over Right to Work in West Virginia continues in the courtroom as Senate Bill 1 heads to West Virginia's highest court in early September.

West Virginia governor, Legislature still hopeful for budget compromise
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Although they are still haggling over details, West Virginia Gov. ... said Senate Republicans still favored an aggressive approach to tax reform, but ...

United States

Carolyn Lee to Lead NAM's Manufacturing Institute as New Executive Director
Quality Magazine

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers named Carolyn Lee executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. With modern ...

Vice President Pence, House Speaker Ryan, Leader McCarthy to headlineManufacturing Summit
Modern Materials Handling

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Vice President Mike Pence will kick off the NAM's Manufacturing Summit.

American Job Openings Top Record-Breaking 6 Million
The Daily Caller

American Job Openings Top Record-Breaking 6 Million ... President Donald Trump has focused on manufacturing jobs, a sector that has seen steady ...

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