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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.

Media Minute— a weekly dispatch of local, national and world news impacting West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.

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Thrasher: Shale...


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Media Minute— a weekly dispatch of local, national and world news impacting West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.

West Virginia

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

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

Senate majority leader says calling special session for Thursday premature
Beckley Register-Herald

The fact that he's come to an agreement with the Senate that tax reform proposals are positive for West Virginia moving forward is the most significant ...

Compromise coming for W.Va.
The Daily Times

House members, meanwhile, have largely opposed any raising of taxes in West Virginia. Legislation to impose a commercial activity tax (CAT) on ...

Special session called to pass West Virginia budget
WTOV Steubenville

NEWS9 IS EVERYWHERE — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is calling the ... He wants to nix the gross revenue tax in favor of income tax reform.

How much do manufacturing jobs really matter?
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, 80 percent of respondents said they consider manufacturing jobs to be “very important” (43.5 percent) or ...

United States

Skills Gap
Huffington Post

The National Association of Manufacturers predicts that U.S. companies will be facing two million skill related job vacancies by 2025. This adversely ...

AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING RENAISSANCE
Global Trade Magazine (blog)

American manufacturing is in the midst of a renaissance. ... National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Thomas attributes the surge ...

Tesla recruiting Mexican engineers for US plant
Taipei Times

Mexico boasts a substantial pool of manufacturing engineers, with 19 automotive plants owned by global automakers including General Motors Co, ...

Trump Gets Highest Rating for Keeping Manufacturing in US
Gallup

At the same time, Americans' confidence in Trump is nearly as high as it was for Obama in April 2016, and is much higher than the 34% who were ...


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