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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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Significant progress made at Procter & Gamble site
West Virginia MetroNews

The first piece of manufacturing equipment is set to arrive Monday. ... to hire local subcontracting companies from West Virginia and Maryland as well as ... As for filling in those manufacturing jobs, Procter & Gamble is not wasting any ...

State exhibit features Mister Bee potato chips
Parkersburg News

Potato chips flow down the conveyor at the Mister Bee plant on West Virginia ... The company in 1962 moved to West Virginia Avenue in Parkersburg ...

House, Senate leadership urge Justice to sign West Virginia budget
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Justice had proposed a budget that included raising the state sales tax, ... If we do not fundamentally overhaul the current West Virginia tax structure, our ... aggressive but reasonable pathway to make tax reform an immediate reality," ...

Study looks at Toyota's contribution to West Virginia
Point Pleasant Register

The centerpiece of Toyota's presence in West Virginia is Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) in Buffalo. The facility produced ...

Marijuana, Water Bills Approved by West Virginia Legislature
Wheeling Intelligencer

“Water quality standards are the safe levels of pollutants that are allowed in our streams,” the West Virginia Manufacturers Association said, urging the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers talk West Virginia budget, say Justice veto is likely
Parkersburg News

The tax reform issues died in the Senate and they ended up passing a $4.1 billion budget that included no tax increases. “It allows us to stay within our ...

House overrides Justice's veto on right-to-work law
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates voted Friday to override Gov. Jim Justice's veto of changes to the state's right-to-work ...

The vision to move West Virginia forward to a place of prosperity
Beckley Register-Herald

West Virginia's successes include the attraction of three new companies including: Canadian manufacturer Bidell Gas Compression is bringing 131 ...

WVU Law initiative focuses on Appalachia legal issues
West Virginia Record

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University College of Law has ... WVU Law faculty on legal, economic, environmental and policy issues in West ...

Getting West Virginia Tax Reform Across the Goal Line
Tax Foundation

West Virginia legislators are working against the clock to enact tax reform this session, and to adopt a budget without going into overtime (special ...

Letter: Cutting size of government will not help WV (Gazette)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

In West Virginia, the Republican-controlled Legislature is flirting with radical budget cuts and regressive tax reform. This is supposed to spur business ...

United States

America Has to Close the Workforce Skills Gap

Another example is the collaboration between Year Up, a national nonprofit workforce-development organization, and El Centro College, a community ...

Murphy proposes “American Jobs Matter Act” to bring back manufacturing jobsto the US
FOX 61

It's all part of the “American Jobs Matter Act” to get those manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Murphy said the new act would require the Department of ...

Trump wants regulations streamlined into massive infrastructure bill

At the end of 2015, Obama signed a measure called the FAST Act. Its title stands for “Fixing America's Surface Transportation.” In addition to providing ...

Tesla becomes most valuable US car maker, edges out GM

N) on Monday to become the U.S. car maker with the largest market ... and Tesla's Nevada battery cell plant aimed at driving down manufacturing ...

US manufacturing jobs at 1940s levels
Toledo Blade

The glory days of manufacturing were the 1970s, when more than 19.5 ... A recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers found that 93 ...

12392000: US Manufacturing Jobs Reach Highest Level in 8 Years

That is the greatest number of people employed in manufacturing in the United States since January 2009—the month that President Barack Obama ...

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