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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.

WV Chamber LogoCharleston, W.Va.The West Virginia Manufacturers Association and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce have both come out in strong support of the West Virginia Student Success Act of 2019.  The Student Success Act contains many provisions that will benefit parents, students, and teachers across West Virginia.  Consideration of the bill will occur in the West Virginia Senate on Saturday, June 1.

Rebecca McPhail, President of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, stated, “Successful business and industries are built on innovation, competition, evaluation, and evolution.  Strong education systems must demonstrate these same qualities.  The WVMA believes that there is need for bold change and ongoing review of an evolving education system.  As consumers of our public education system, we see firsthand the deficiencies of the current system as we struggle with the state’s workforce pipeline.  West Virginians deserve the best return possible on their education investment, yet despite an underperforming public-school system, West Virginia funds public education at some of the highest levels in the country.  Our students deserve better, our teachers deserve better, and parents should have more options for obtaining a quality education for their children.  Members of the WVMA support efforts to leave behind the status quo mentality in West Virginia education and increase student achievement.”

West Virginia Chamber President Steve Roberts stated, “Ensuring that every child receives a world-class education is one of the most important responsibilities for a society.  A strong system of public education opens multiple doors and is essential to attract investment and create jobs.  Unfortunately, our current education system does not meet the demands of the 21st Century, and our students deserve better.  This important piece of legislation provides a 5% pay raise for our hard-working teachers and school service personnel, gives counties the flexibility to attract quality teachers in critical need subjects, enhances professional development to give teachers and principals the tools they need to help students who are living through the opioid epidemic, and returns more control and discretion to the local level.”

Roberts continued, “Everyone in our state wants jobs and economic development.  Education is the most important ingredient in a state’s business climate puzzle.  Ultimately, this is about the children and ensuring they have the ability to make it in a knowledge-based world.”

With nearly 200 members statewide, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association represents the quality and diversity of manufacturing in the Mountain State. Through policy development, advocacy, a focus on workforce preparedness, and providing a strong industry network, the WVMA works to improve the health and well-being of manufacturing in West Virginia.  Learn more at www.wvma.com

Members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce are your small business neighbors. Chamber members employ over half of our state’s workforce and are found in every county and region of our state. More information on the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce can be found at www.wvchamber.com.