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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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Martinsburg attorney aiming to reform West Virginia's tax structure

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The budget deficit for the state of West Virginia is nearing $700 million - but a Martinsburg attorney and former state tax ...

West Virginia could see a 'voluntary tax' scenario
The Montgomery Herald

The latest example in West Virginia is the “voluntary tax scenario.” How appealing. ... West Virginia needs real tax reform, not a misleading slogan.

West Virginia and drones, what are your concerns?

... that could cause an explosion at a plant, injure an employee," said Rebecca McPhail, President of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

RCBI forms partnership with WV Army National Guard
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and the ... 20 it has created a new partnership with the West Virginia Army National ...

Lawmakers wrestle with drone abilities and limits
West Virginia MetroNews

In their Monday afternoon discussion of Senate Bill 9, West Virginia ... and then manufacturing facilities from a safety perspective,” McPhail said.

Senator says tax reform could put W.Va. in an enviable position
West Virginia MetroNews

Senator says tax reform could put W.Va. in an enviable position ... lead the change to make West Virginia the 8th state in the nation with no income tax.

Proposed W.Va. sales-tax hike paired with state income-tax repeal
Herald-Mail Media

A legislative proposal to increase West Virginia's sales tax by as much as 2 ... Besides the tax-reform measure's many moving parts, Blair said the ...

Democrat Governor Jim Justice Proposes Largest Tax Hike inWest Virginia History
Americans for Tax Reform (blog)

Instead of taking a step back towards unworkable tax policies of the Great Depression, the legislature to embrace 21st century tax reform that has ...

NEWS9 Special Assignment: Small Business, Big Impact – Eagle Manufacturing
WTOV Steubenville
The Eagle Manufacturing Company is another small business that is ... really well," Eagle Manufacturing Company President & CEO Joe Eddy said.

Bill to change WV right-to-work law advances over objections
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

A bill to make retroactive changes to West Virginia's right-to-work law — currently being challenged in Kanawha Circuit Court — advanced from the ...

Harrison Commission gets economic development update
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

“We expect new jobs to continue in 2017 and encourage new companies to locate here with the help of the West Virginia Commerce Department,” ...

United States

US specialty chemicals start Q1 2017 on good note, ACC says

The American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes rose ...

Employment Expertise: Manufacturing hot job: Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers

Today's manufacturing facilities are brighter and cleaner, full of high tech equipment and jobs that can provide advancement opportunities for a ...

Why 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for labor reform
Washington Examiner

... majorities, kicking off a wave that saw right-to-work legislation passed and signed in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia by early 2016.

Senate confirms Pruitt to lead US EPA
Chemical Watch (subscription)

"Efficient and effective implementation of [the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act] will restore public confidence in EPA's regulation of chemical safety, ...

US needs to prepare manufacturing workers of tomorrow
Houston Chronicle

The best way to boost the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is to ... president of the National Association of Manufacturers, which represents ...

US manufacturing increase again in January

An employee stands next to a transmission moving on the assembly line at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana, on May 25, ...

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