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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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Tradeoffs on income tax reductions remain under scrutiny
West Virginia MetroNews

Senate President Mitch Carmichael has talked enthusiastically about the income tax reductions, saying they will spur investments in West Virginia's ...

Jenkins Will Take on Manchin in 2018 Senate Race
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Republican, Jenkins was first elected to Congress to represent the state's third congressional district in southern West Virginia in 2014 after ...

ASCENT: Officials should put added focus on project
Parkersburg News

When West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher spoke to the West Virginia Manufacturers Association's Marcellus to Manufacturing ...

Anatomy of a Budget Breakdown
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and ... On Thursday, May 4, Justice called the Legislature into special session to consider revenue and tax reform measures aimed at passing a state budget.

Senate passes revised revenue and tax reform bill, House rejects it
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Jim Justice's revenue and tax reform plan, the Senate passed a revised version of the ... “It's a tax cut for the citizens of West Virginia,” Carmichael said.

Thrasher: Shale gas the future for West Virginia
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Attendees of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association's annual Marcellus to Manufacturing Development listen to Commerce Secretary Woody ...

Officials, experts discuss area pipeline development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

MORGANTOWN — Experts and officials from the oil and gas industry ... discussion took place during the West Virginia Manufacturers Association's ...

Special legislative session on WV budget starts Thursday at 11 am
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Special legislative session on WV budget starts Thursday at 11 a.m. .... The first bill, pushed by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, would ...

Mon joins other counties to oppose tax reform
The Dominion Post

In the letter, Kanawha Commission President Kent Carper said tax reform measures like those introduced during the West Virginia Legislature's most ...

Manchin presented with National Manufacturers Association Award
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Manchin said he would continue to work with Bombardier and other companies from the region to provide employment opportunities for West Virginia ...

United States

Apple makes $1B commitment toward more United States manufacturing jobs
Normangee Star

President Donald Trump promised that he would bring manufacturing jobs back into the United States. Cook said that Apple has created over 2 million ...

Border adjustment tax could revive US textile industry
Sun Community News

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2014, the cost of US regulatory compliance is $6 per labor hour. The federal minimum wage ...

How soon will we see self-driving vehicles?

... for some time now and, as most people in the manufacturing industry know, the main causes of delay are due to safety and regulatory concerns.

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