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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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Commissioner of Agriculture Promotes Hemp

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with newly elected ... on Tax Reform has started discussing the latest version of its bill to repeal West ...

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Presents Updated Budget Proposal

Wheeling Intelligencer

Legislature West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, left, ... Justice also presented a budget plan that would add a tax of 1 cent per ... are working on “major tax reform proposals that will spur economic growth.”.

Toyota helps Clay Center move 'Full STEAM Ahead' with project

Huntington Herald Dispatch

BUFFALO - Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia has donated $250,000 to Charleston's Clay Center to help create a new series of STEM-related ...

RCBI, National Guard team up for initiative


By helping diversify manufacturing opportunities and strengthen the ... James Hoyer of the West Virginia Army National Guard, “Working with RCBI will ...

Daily Mail editorial: EPA standards should be good enough for WV

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association rightly believes that opposition to this change is unnecessarily divisive, particularly after many opposing ...

Water pollution bill up for WV House floor vote

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

The heart of the legislation, pushed by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, would change the way the DEP calculates the amount of water ...

West Virginia Senate passes right-to-work provision


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Senate has voted to clarify the right-to-work law facing a union court challenge after enactment last ...

Thrasher says he needs change in water quality measurement to create jobs

West Virginia MetroNews

Others speakers point out the supporters of the bill, like the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, haven't said how many new jobs would be ...

Senate's Tax Reform Bill Beginning to Take Shape

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform has started discussing the latest version of its bill to repeal West Virginia's personal income tax and ...

Right to Work, Tax Reform & Water Quality: Lawmakers Work Through Controversial Legislative ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform is beginning its work revising a bill to overhaul West Virginia's tax code and repeal the personal ...

Water pollution bill advances, despite strong opposition at public hearing

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Others who spoke in favor of the bill included lobbyists for the manufacturers association, the West Virginia Coal Association, the West Virginia ...

After Court Decision, Senate Votes to Clarify Right to Work Law

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senators approved a bill Monday to clarify West Virginia's right-to-work law that the Legislature passed last year. The law has yet to take effect ...

Where do we stand on the budget? Well, it's complicated

West Virginia MetroNews

The other is an exploration of upending West Virginia's tax structure, boiling down to replacing the income tax with a ... It was assigned to the Select Committee on Tax Reform but it hasn't yet been taken up for official discussion.

Lawmakers consider expanding sales tax

Huntington Herald Dispatch

The Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform considered SB 335 on Friday, which, as it was introduced, would phase out West Virginia's income tax ...

Officials struggle to gauge if right to work attracts new business

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws, and Ohio is ... One of the big selling points for right-to-work proponents is the law can ...

Water pollution bill makes broad changes sought by industry

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, listens to the House Judiciary Committee discuss the water quality bill ...

Gazette editorial: States with income taxes are more prosperous

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

This chart from the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy shows that ... Budget & Policy, says this isn't the sort of “tax reform” West Virginia needs.

Tax reform bill still not ready

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON — The Feb. 24 afternoon meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform got off to a shaky start. Early on, one member walked ...

United States

Supply Chain News: National Association of Manufacturers Sees Opportunity, Launches State of ...

Supply Chain Digest

Sensing the focus President Trump is placing on reviving US manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hopes to enlighten the ..

EUR/USD Struggles Despite Strong German ManufacturingJobs Data


German manufacturing posted another strong performance in February, hitting a 69-month high, with notable strength seen in new orders, exports and ...

US marijuana jobs set to outpace manufacturing

Fox 4

According to a report from Frontier Data, marijuana-related jobs are set to outpace manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2020. The report ...

Trump administration hopes to pass tax reform by August

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration is hoping to pass major tax reform legislation before Congress leaves for its August ...

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