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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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MMDC Brings Manufacturing Leaders Together
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Bob Pepper is chairman of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. He is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at NGK Spark ...

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, Legislative Leaders Still Divided on Budget
Wheeling Intelligencer

“We believe that is one of the primary issues that impedes the growth of the West Virginia economy. And the best way to reform our taxes is to get rid of ...

Covestro LLC awarded for excellent product safety and stewardship efforts for second year in a row
Yahoo Finance

... leading producer of high-performance polymers in North America, has received a Product Safety Award from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) ...

Appalachian Storage Hub is W.Va.'s Chance to Lead
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

That region has become the epicenter of the petrochemical industry in the United States. The opportunity presented to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, ...

Commercial activities tax is a 'nonstarter' on budget, Carmichael says
West Virginia MetroNews

“The commercial activity tax is a nonstarter,” Carmichael said today on MetroNews' ... a commercial activities tax in an article titled “Late-breaking West Virginia ... This is tax reform that cuts significantly and does so by slightly raising ...

Path Open to Creation of New Manufacturing Jobs
Wheeling Intelligencer

... to do what they do best: grow our economy and create jobs. Eddy is president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg.

Sunday Perspective: Reinventing West Virginia
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Consider the hardwood industry, an old industry, which has potential for jobs and manufacturing all over West Virginia, writes Roberta Baylor of the ...

W.Va. Timber: Yes, Money Can Grow on Trees
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

One of the oldest and largest industries in West Virginia is the timber and wood ... West Virginia is rich in this renewable natural resource, but the housing ... products company, or a wood yard, or somebody manufacturing something ...

US EDA, ARC announce total $2.8 million in grants
Beckley Register-Herald

Manchin said the grant will foster economic growth in West Virginia. ... they focus on advanced manufacturing technologies and the jobs of the future.”.

$6 million in funding announced for southern W.Va. projects
West Virginia MetroNews

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — More than $6 million in federal funds will help create jobs in manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare in southern West ...

Trump is making manufacturing great again
Baltimore Sun

Manufacturers in the U.S. are feeling more optimistic about the economy ... according to a new National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) survey.

Budget compromise bill may combine Justice's revenue plans, Republican tax reform
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said leaders in the House of Delegates and Senate are preparing to work out a budget ...

Grant County gun manufacturer may blaze trail to Sugar Grove
West Virginia MetroNews

SUGAR GROVE, W.Va. — One of West Virginia's burgeoning gun manufacturers thinks he could help serve disabled veterans and multiply his work ...

United States

UK and US building new 'special relationship' for manufacturing sectors

Britain's EEF, which represents 20,000 manufacturing and engineering businesses, and its US counterpart the National Association of Manufacturers ...

Trump is making manufacturing great again
Baltimore Sun

Manufacturers in the U.S. are feeling more optimistic about the economy ... according to a new National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) survey.

Capito delivers optimistic message to Huntington chamber
Huntington Herald Dispatch

... in manufacturing, tax reform and health care in Washington," said Capito, R-W.Va. "West Virginia is having serious economic issues, but we are also ...

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