09/23/23 - 09/21/24
  • Government Affairs Committee Meeting

    Date 12/04/23 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Monday, December 4
  • Registration Opens

    12/04/23 | 5:00 pm
    Monday, December 4
  • Annual Meeting & Member Reception

    12/04/23 | 5:30 pm
    Monday, December 4
  • Networking Dinner (all registrants)

    12/04/23 | 6:30 pm
    Monday, December 4
  • Registration/Breakfast

    12/05/23 | 8:00 am
    Tuesday, December 5
  • Welcome (Rebecca McPhail)

    12/05/23 | 8:55 am
    Tuesday, December 5
  • Exploring Manufacturing Competitiveness in West Virginia

    12/05/23 | 9:00 am - 9:45 am
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Ted Abernathy, Economic Leadership LLC

    This presentation offers a comprehensive analysis of the current state of manufacturing in the Mountain State, examining key factors impacting its competitiveness. Through insightful data and trends, it provides a glimpse into the future outlook, highlighting opportunities and challenges for the manufacturing industry in West Virginia.

  • Policy Possibilities: What to Watch in 2024 and Why it Matters

    12/05/23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Danielle Waltz, Dinsmore & Shohl (Moderator)
    • Rachel Mortimer, US Chamber of Commerce
    • Sean Redmond, US Chamber of Commerce

    Discover four key policy priorities important for manufacturers. Delve into the legislative background and explore the significance of unemployment reform, pre-emption, medical monitoring, and public nuisance policies. Gain insights into implications for industry, including economic stability, regulatory consistency, liability concerns, and the overall business environment. Join us to understand why these policies matter for the manufacturing industry.

  • Coffee Break

    12/05/23 | 10:45 am - 11:00 am
    Tuesday, December 5

    12/05/23 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Tuesday, December 5
  • The AI Evolution

    12/05/23 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Michael O’Brien, BSA
    • Thorsten Wuest, WV University

    Dive into the transformative role of AI in manufacturing. This session explores the challenges and opportunities that AI presents for the manufacturing industry, from optimizing production processes to enhancing quality control. Gain insights into the regulatory outlook, including considerations around data privacy, cyber security, and ethics. Join us to discover how AI is revolutionizing manufacturing and shaping its future.

  • Encova Safety Award/Networking Lunch

    12/05/23 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
  • Cost of Care: An Inside Look

    12/05/23 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Jim Kaufman, WVHA

    Join us for an eye-opening session on the rising healthcare expenses in West Virginia and their profound effects on manufacturers. Discover the intricate relationship between escalating healthcare costs, the social determents of poor health, and the economic challenges faced by local manufacturers. Gain valuable insights into potential solutions and strategies to mitigate the impact. Don't miss this critical discussion!

  • West Virginia’s Role in the Future of Energy

    12/05/23 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Derrick Williamson, WVEUG/Moderator
    • Charlie Burd, GOWV
    • Chris Hamilton, WVCA
    • Evan Vaughan, MREC

    Join our panel discussion on West Virginia's pivotal role in shaping the energy future. Explore the state's position as a leader in fossil fuels, advancements in carbon capture technologies, and their impact on emissions reduction. Discover the growing opportunities and potential of renewables and green energy initiatives. Engage in a dynamic conversation about West Virginia's diverse energy landscape and its path towards a sustainable future that positions the Mountain State for energy investment and manufacturing growth.

  • Break

    12/05/23 | 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
  • What’s Happening with West Virginia’s Workforce

    12/05/23 | 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Scott Adkins, Workforce WV 
    • Andy Malinoski, WVDO

    Explore the dynamics of workforce participation in West Virginia and discover valuable tools for employers. This session highlights the JobCase partnership, enabling employers to post positions and connect with a diverse talent pool. Learn about the range of resources provided by Workforce West Virginia, empowering employers with tools to enhance recruitment, training, and retention strategies. Join us to understand the potential of West Virginia's workforce.

  • Upskilling the Talent Pipeline

    12/05/23 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 5
    • Carol Howerton, Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center 
    • Staci Miller, West Virginia University Industrial Extension 
    • David Goldberg, SeeMore Impact Labs 

    Join an insightful discussion on cutting-edge training and talent development efforts in the manufacturing industry. The spotlight is on the Marshall University Advanced Manufacturing Center, offering courses to boost skills. Learn about SeeMore Impact Labs’ CSM certification that builds general high-performance skills through both employee upskilling and workforce development in your community. Discover the myriad programs offered by the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, including upskilling today’s workforce for management opportunities. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the dynamic world of manufacturing talent development. 

  • Closing Remarks/Adjourn

    12/05/23 | 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 5