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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.

West Virginia

P&G's plan for $500M plant survives water fight between states
Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co.'s construction of a...

West Virginia

P&G's plan for $500M plant survives water fight between states
Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co.'s construction of a $500 million manufacturing plant in West Virginia won't be affected by a dispute over water rights between ...

West Virginia needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
West Virginia MetroNews

West Virginia is sitting on top of nearly unimaginable amounts of natural gas. ... However, there's enough natural gas for both domestic production and ...

Idled coal mining equipment tax change could hurt government budgets
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

The director of West Virginia's Property Tax Division decreased the ... on Tax Reform that tax officials were working with the West Virginia Coal ...

United States

Chief of American Petroleum Institute hopes Trump administration will favor oil, gas
Greeley Tribune

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent ...

Ford Cancels Mexican Plant but Is Still Moving Small Car Production
Valley News Live

(NBC NEWS) Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday it has scrubbed plans to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, a project that had been ...

Kentucky offers local workforce grants totaling $2 million
The Lane Report

Kentucky offers local workforce grants totaling $2 million ... making $2 million available to local workforce development boards for three types of grants ...

US manufacturing growth picks up in December: ISM

The ISM manufacturing index rose 1.5 points from November to 54.7 per cent, ... Economist Joel Naroff said, "It appears that President Obama will be ...

Solving the Workforce Struggle
Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing workforce has long been the linchpin for the prosperity of our ... In order for the current and future workforce to flourish, industry, ... companies who value their current workforce and want to help develop the next.

State Sen. Ryan Ferns: West Virginia Must Overhaul State Tax Base
Wheeling Intelligencer

Ryan Ferns: West Virginia Must Overhaul State Tax Base ... As a member of the tax reform committee, Ferns said lawmakers have brought in national ...

US car makers face showdown with Trump

Q: Does moving production back to the U.S. lead to higher costs for automakers? Yes. Labor costs for automotive assembly are 80% lower in Mexico ...

'China needs manufacturing upgrade amid challenges from India' : Chinese media
The Indian Express

As US President-elect Donald Trump pledges to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US and China's competitors seem to be further expanding as an ...

US manufacturing, construction sectors shine as year ended

U.S. manufacturing, construction sectors shine as year ended ... It appears that President (Barack) Obama will be leaving his successor with a pretty ...

Is Apple, Inc. Subtly Pushing Back on U.S. Manufacturing?
Fox Business

... time in the past decade, the political pressure is on for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to bring back at least some of its manufacturing jobs from overseas.

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