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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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Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Manufacturers Association is launching a new support program called WVMA Cares to help charities and ...

Several Reasons Why Business Tax Cuts Don't Work
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The libertarian-leaning Cato Institute said in 2008 that West Virginia's business tax cuts were “probably the most pro-growth tax reforms of any state.

W.Va. Paving president says DOH 'acted hastily' in filing asphalt suit
West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – The president of a paving company at the center of an antitrust lawsuit says the West Virginia Division of Highways “acted hastily” in ...

New WV Senate committee aims to rewrite state tax code
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, set up the Select Committee on Tax Reform specifically to study how to restructure West Virginia's tax ...

Judge says national laborer can't intervene in WV lawsuit against right-to-work
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

A Kanawha County circuit judge on Friday refused a motion to intervene filed by a national right-to-work organization in a lawsuit state labor unions ...

Justice's budget, tax proposals receive pushback
Herald-Mail Media

The governor proposed several small tax increases, which raised ... His announced goal to make West Virginia the eighth state with no income tax received ... A Senate committee is expected to present proposals for tax reform in the ...

WVU Researchers Join National Program to Develop Technologies to Enhance Natural Gas ...
Newswise (press release)

This serves a real-world need for many production locations in the Marcellus Shale, especially those in West Virginia, where some shale gas ...

Justice says he's going to make DEP stop saying 'no' to industry
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Justice says he's going to make DEP stop saying 'no' to industry .... Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, said ...

Fairmont Senior High Teacher named W.Va. Teacher of Year
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Teacher of the Year; Leah Curry, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia president; Dave Perry, W.Va. Board of Education; Miller Hall, W.Va.

United States

American Chemistry Council wants bigger say on new EPA panel

The American Chemistry Council has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to expand its new Science Advisory Committee on ...

1.3 Million Jobs Created By Closing Trade Deficit Says Think Tank

Trade pressure and faltering U.S. competitiveness, not automation was the main reason the U.S. lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and .

The new face of manufacturing jobs
The Boston Globe

The relatively strong job and wage growth in the country belies the reality that quality jobs are disappearing for lower-skilled workers, particularly ...

Robots are taking jobs, but also creating them: Research review
Journalist's Resource

Since 1990, the United States has lost 30 percent (5.5 million) of its manufacturing jobs while manufacturing output has grown 148 percent, according ...

In their first meeting, Trudeau needs to sell Trump on NAFTA
The Globe and Mail

There no evidence that NAFTA has been a factory job-killer. Technology and productivity are to blame. Manufacturing jobs were in steady decline in ...

Survey: 9 in 10 processors say workforce top issue for 2017
Plastics News

A new survey says workforce development has shot up the ranking of challenges facing plastics firms in the last five years. Now 92 percent of ...

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