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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.

West Virginia

Now Is the Time for Technology-Based Economic Development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

TechConnect West...

West Virginia

Now Is the Time for Technology-Based Economic Development
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

TechConnect West Virginia and the Chemical Alliance Zone, along with ... with the manufacturing facilities that line the Ohio River, West Virginia has ...

Ferns: W.Va. must overhaul tax base
The Daily Times

As the newly appointed majority leader for the West Virginia Senate, Ferns ... As a member of the tax reform committee, Ferns said lawmakers have ...

Capito announces committee assignments
The Inter-Mountain

... for policies that protect vital West Virginia energy and manufacturing jobs and encourage investment in West Virginia's highway infrastructure.

U.S. Manufacturers Brace For Trump's Next Trade Targets
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

President-elect Donald Trump tours the Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis following the company's announcement it would keep hundreds of manufacturing ...

Hoppy Kercheval: West Virginia needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Additionally, the pipeline would boost natural gas production in West Virginia, creating jobs, demand for products and services by suppliers, payroll ...

Commerce appointee says education is key for southern W.Va. workforce development
Beckley Register-Herald

Thrasher told The Register-Herald that infrastructure will be major considerations for development in southern counties, due to topographical ...

United States

ACC Welcomes House Passage of REINS Act and Midnight Rules Relief Act
American Chemistry Council

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the ...

Fiat Chrysler announces $1 billion investment in US manufacturing, 2000 newjobs
Fox News

Fiat Chrysler said Sunday it would spend $1 billion on U.S. manufacturing, including modernizing plants in Michigan and Ohio, in a move that's set to ...

Oil prices dip on North American recovery

Last week, the American Petroleum Institute said it continued to see pressure on the nation's energy sector, a sentiment confirmed a Oklahoma State ...

December jobs report marks end to Obama economy

It's the final jobs report to come while President Obama is still in office. ... In December, America added 17,000 manufacturing jobs but for the year ...

'Just the beginning': Trump may disrupt 20-year boom for Mexico auto industry
The Guardian

Barbed wire surrounds the site of a canceled Ford auto manufacturing plant outside San Luís Potosí, Mexico, Wednesday. Photograph: Rebecca ...

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