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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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Jenkins reintroduces bill that aims to attract new businesses to West Virginia
West Virginia Record

Va.) in the 2016 Congress with the goal of giving tax incentives to ... CORE will allow investors in West Virginia communities to get a 39 percent tax ... Number one, tax reform is front and center not only on Congress' agenda, but now ...

West Virginia Republicans could go all the way in 2017
West Virginia Record

West Virginia Republicans could go all the way in 2017 ... There's talk of comprehensive tax and tort reform and other measures designed to make our ...

Justice releases details of timber industry plan
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

“He sees an opportunity to create new jobs by adding mills and hardwood manufacturing operations to West Virginia. It means lower transportation ...

Insisting on Trade Deals That Benefit West Virginians
Wheeling Intelligencer

West Virginia's economy has been hit hard by past trade agreements that ... In West Virginia alone, more than 30,000 manufacturing jobs have been ...

Labor is key to economic development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

West Virginia and much of the “rust-belt” states suffered the same fate. Manufacturing plants closed and shifted jobs out of the country. Add into the mix ...

Toyota Helps Huntington Foodbank Dramatically Revamp Warehouse
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia showed Huntington's Facing Hunger Foodbank how to more efficiently arrange donations in its warehouse.

United States

Michael Hicks: Trade Deals Won't Change Manufacturing Employment
News Sentinel

Estimates of factory job losses due to trade range between 750,000 and 1.4 million fewer American manufacturing jobs because of a trade deficit.

Old Manufacturing Jobs Won't Return, But New Ones Can Be Created

A great deal of attention has focused on President Donald Trump's stated desire to return manufacturing jobs to the U.S. and his portfolio of strategies ...

Coming to Michigan by 2020: Automotive fuel cell production for new GM-Honda alliance

Fuel cell systems are moving from science books to the front lines of auto production as General Motors and Honda on Monday announced a joint ...

Automotive parts manufacturing jobs in US up nearly 19%
Staffing Industry Analysts

Automotive parts manufacturing jobs in the US have risen nearly 19% since 2012, according to a study released today by the Motor & Equipment ...

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