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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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Marcellus conference set for May
Huntington Herald Dispatch

MORGANTOWN - The Marcellus and Manufacturing Development ... Hotel in Morgantown. hosted by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

The West Virginia Productivity Miracle. Really!

After so many articles on America’s troubled Appalachian region, how about a contrarian view? These days, when I hear talk of the economic problems in, say, West Virginia, I think instead of the West Virginia productivity miracle, and I wonder how such an impressive achievement could be possible. I know that sounds crazy, but bear with me.

Nuts and bolts of the possible Justice/Senate budget compromise

When Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders get serious about a compromise on the state budget, the path likely begins with a rewritten tax bill that never saw the light of day during the finale of the regular 60-day session.

W.Va. Has Five Big Projects for the Trump Administration
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Appalachian Storage Hub would position West Virginia to become, once again, a petrochemical manufacturing powerhouse that would capture ...

Reform, Don't Increase, Taxes
Wheeling Intelligencer

When politicians begin talking about “tax reform,” their constituents often are right to worry about ... It shouldn't be allowed to happen in West Virginia.

Senate majority leader confident about potential for budget compromise
West Virginia MetroNews

One Republican leader in the West Virginia Senate is confident a budget ... Compromise may be found on steps to broaden the tax base by lifting existing ... had passed out their own tax plan that I think they referred to as 'tax reform,' ...

C. Blaine Cecil: A career in coal geology tells me WV must bank on newindustries
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

C. Blaine Cecil: A career in coal geology tells me WV must bank on new ... geological and chemical characteristics of coal that effect coal cleaning; ...

Ferns, Weld blast Justice for 'prop'
The Daily Times

“This is because we passed a budget that had West Virginia living within its ... along with the biggest tax increase — in the history of West Virginia.” ... Ferns said legislators will have to work on passing tax reform legislation as a ...

RCBI recognized for apprenticeship program
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

... recognition "highlights the role RCBI plays in educating workers and our extreme dedication to changing West Virginia's manufacturing landscape.".

Justice vetoes West Virginia budget, chides lawmakers
Parkersburg News

“I truly believe tax reform is a bold way to move West Virginia forward, and I hope we will have the support of the House of Delegates and the governor ...

United States

USA unemployment rate near 10-yr low, but job creation falters
Normangee Star

Manufacturing jobs, which tend to be higher-paying than service-sector ones, rose 11,000, but retail jobs fell by almost 30,000, testimony to the ...

The long, rough ride ahead for 'Made in America'

"But by planting the flag here, we believe suppliers will follow. ... for much larger manufacturers, such as automotive supplier Delphi Automotive PLC's.

Auto industry ready to fight GOP's border tax

The automotive industry is making it clear that it is strongly opposed to any proposal ... Some in the automotive industry have begun to believe that the border ... Trump made "America first," and manufacturing jobs a centerpiece of his ...

Robots displace millions of Manufacturing Workers in US: Automation getting Cheaper and more ...

US, April 15, 2017: The impact of automation on U.S. jobs is open to debate. Robots have displaced millions of manufacturing workers, and ...

Road clears in California for Apple self-driving car

“Tesla can blow up the auto industry because it has built its manufacturing to be much more robotics intense. Elon Musk said the biggest feature of ...

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