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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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Huggins keynotes Shale Crescent USA event
Parkersburg News

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

Senate Set to Vote on Tax Reform Plan...Again
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate's Finance Committee were presented with some hard numbers Tuesday about the impacts their tax reform plan will have on ...

Senate's tax reform bill passes committee hurdle
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Finance committee voted in favor of a tax reform bill meant to be a key tool in balancing the coming year's state ...

Justice Expands Special Session Call for Second Time
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

... include several that were vetoed following the regular session, including a bill to change the certificate of need process in West Virginia for hospitals ...

State Supreme Court to hear arguments on right-to-work law in September
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A date has been set for arguments regarding the future of West Virginia's right-to-work law. The West Virginia Supreme Court ...

Poll Finds Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina Voters Support Atlantic Coast Pipeline, More ...
Business Wire (press release)

Sixty percent of the voters surveyed by CEA in West Virginia, where the pipeline ... "And promoting the expansion of domestic energy production and ...

Manufacturer names fishing rods for WV rivers
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Anglers throughout the United States are getting acquainted with a line of fishing rods named for some of West Virginia's most iconic rivers. “I spent a ...

Howard Swint: Natural gas storage, manufacturing poised to fuel some good times ahead
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

West Virginia is on the threshold of profound economic changes that will greatly impact the state for generations to come. Chief among these changes ...

W.Va. lawmakers revive 'game changer' ethane storage bill
E&E News

Shell Oil Co. is building a petrochemicals facility in western Pennsylvania to take advantage of the area's natural gas reserves. Ohio and West Virginia ...

United States

Apple to inject $1 billion to set up "advanced manufacturingjobs
Deccan Chronicle

Apple has reportedly been planning to create a $1 billion fund so as to invest in “advanced manufacturing” jobs in the United States. In an interview ...

Americans Still See Manufacturing as Key to Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Keeping manufacturing jobs from going overseas" is the top recommendation Americans give as the best way to create more ...

How tax reform can bring back US manufacturing jobs
Washington Examiner

In 2009, a newly elected American chief executive was faced with an economy headed in the wrong direction. A 9 percent unemployment rate fed a ...

API data show a weekly decline in US crude supplies, according to sources

Oil prices edged up in electronic trading Tuesday after the American Petroleum Institute reported a decline of 1.5 million barrels in U.S. crude supplies ...

Bridging the skills gap in automotive manufacturing
Manufacturing Global

Automotive manufacturers are currently facing a series of challenges. With increased pressure to meet customer demand for more personalised ...

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