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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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Daily Mail editorial: Shale Crescent USA seeks to grow Mid-Ohio Valley
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

If the region that encompasses northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and ... It's an initiative focused on attracting energy-intensive manufacturing ...

Whether Eliminating Income Taxes Will Help West Virginia Depends on Who You Ask
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, is chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform. The committee wants to abolish the state's ...

EDITORIAL: Shale Crescent Movement a Lesson in Teamwork
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Wood County Development Authority, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and West Virginia Manufacturers Association are just a few ...

Supreme Court sets date to hear right-to-work law arguments
West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has set a date to hear arguments regarding West Virginia's right-to-work law. The court ...

Now is not the time for state tax reform
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The state of West Virginia has been in a budget crisis for more than three years now. The significant declines in coal severance taxes and gambling ...

Senate president seeks fair treatment for tax reform plan
The Daily Times

West Virginia resident who makes $30,000 per year would see an income tax reduction of $390 annually. Even with an increase in the consumer ...

P&G adds Swiffer at new Berkeley County plant
Herald-Mail Media

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Procter & Gamble production facility under construction south of Martinsburg will make Swiffer products, the company ...

Joint ethane storage hub makes sense for W.Va., Ohio
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The plan makes great sense, as West Virginia and Ohio are both home to a ... an important player in America's energy and manufacturing strategy.”.

Procter & Gamble closing Ontario plant adding products to Martinsburg
West Virginia MetroNews

Procter & Gamble is already adding products to its large manufacturing plant ... production to West Virginia, according to a report on CBC Radio Canada. ... Manufacturing jobs will carry our economy forward, and help keep more ...

Huggins touts value of hard work
Marietta Times

Other speakers included Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, Tom Witt, president of Witt Economics LLC and ...

United States

The government must help match workers with manufacturing jobs
The Hill (blog)

Despite stated commitments by many to support well-paying manufacturing jobs, a fundamental challenge persists: matching workers with those jobs ...

Survey concludes US must do better job of promoting interests abroad
The Hill

Survey concludes US must do better job of promoting interests abroad ... groups to protect against policies that could cost manufacturing jobs here, ...

Chemical hub pitched for Appalachia
Chemical & Engineering News

Included in that tally are 25,000 chemical and plastic manufacturing jobs, 43,000 supplier jobs, and 32,000 additional jobs in communities where ...


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