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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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Gazette-Mail: New taxes, cuts make up Justice's WV budget plan

February 9, 2017 08:23AM ET | Gazette-Mail

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail, W.Va. Feb. 09--Gov. Jim Justice's 2017-18 budget plan would close a nearly $500 million shortfall by raising $450 million in new taxes -- the largest being a 0.2 percent gross receipts tax on ...

Governing: Surprising Lawmakers, West Virginia's New Governor Pushes Tax Hikes

February 9, 2017 08:21AM ET | Governing

Gov. Jim Justice delivered his first State of the State address Wednesday, and his calls to raise numerous taxes to fill a $500 million budget hole and pay for government services has left Republican lawmakers critical of the state’s new leader. ...

ATR: Democrat Governor Jim Justice Proposes Largest Tax Hike in West Virginia History

February 9, 2017 00:15AM ET | ATR

In his State of the State Address Wednesday night, Governor Jim Justice (D-W.V.) proposed the largest tax hike in state history, increasing the sales and gas tax and creating a new Commercial Activities Tax. These proposals stand in stark contrast to ...

Wheeling Nws-Reg: Some West Virginia Lawmakers Disappointed By Tax Proposals

February 9, 2017 00:13AM ET | Wheeling Nws-Reg

CHARLESTON — Tax and fee increases in Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed fiscal 2018 are disappointing according to some Northern Panhandle lawmakers. “He went the path of governors before him” by proposing tax increases, said Senate Majority Leader ...

Wheeling Nws-Reg: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Proposed Budget Includes Tax, Fee Increases

February 9, 2017 00:13AM ET | Wheeling Nws-Reg

CHARLESTON — Classroom teachers would get a 2-percent pay raise, highway projects including bridge upgrades on Interstate 70 in Ohio County would get completed and motorists would pay 10 cents more per gallon of gasoline if Gov. Jim Justice’s ...

Herald Dispatch: Justice proposes cuts, taxes to balance WV budget

February 9, 2017 00:05AM ET | Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday proposed a combination of budget cuts, tax increases and reforms and potential bonding measures with the goal of balancing the Mountain State's budget and, with the support of the 83rd West ...

WV Public TV: Justice Wants $450M in Tax Increases Under 2018 Budget Proposal

February 8, 2017 11:16PM ET | WV Public TV

In his first State of the State address Wednesday evening, Gov. Jim Justice presented lawmakers with a plan to close a $497 million budget gap in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s the latest estimate from the Governor’s Office about just how big that ...

WSAZ: W.Va. Gov. Justice proposes cuts to deal with budget deficit

February 8, 2017 08:23PM ET | WSAZ

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Jim Justice has proposed government cuts and incremental tax increases to close a projected $500 million West Virginia budget deficit next year. The newly elected Democrat also wants a 2 percent raise for classroom ...

ExponentTelegram: Gov. Justice calls for some cuts, some tax increases to move West Virginia forward

February 8, 2017 08:11PM ET | ExponentTelegram

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice didn't sugar-coat West Virginia's budget problems, but he tried to provide hope during his State of the State address before legislators on Wednesday. He told reporters before the address that the problems include a $123 ...

WV MetroSources: Justice’s plan to fill budget gap goes lighter on cuts, suggests a new business tax

February 8, 2017 08:05PM ET | WV MetroSources

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s administration is proposing a budget that fills an estimated $500 million gap for next fiscal year with only an estimated $26 million in cuts and an estimated $450 million in increased revenue, including the ...

West Virginia Editorial Roundup

February 8, 2017 04:19PM ET | Associated Press

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Feb. 5 The Beckley Register-Herald on state Senate President Mitch Carmichael: Senate President Mitch Carmichael is going to need all of the ...


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