Elkins farmer and entrepreneur wins Vanguard Ag competition

Feb. 28, 2020

Elkins, W.Va. – Wil Spencer, owner of Environotics Unlimited, is the winner of the 2020 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, sponsored by the Robert B. Byrd Institute, (RCBI). Spencer was presented the award at the annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference in Charleston Friday afternoon.

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RCBI assists aerospace company in tackling challenges of expansion

An international company is teaming with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) to develop the skilled workforce it requires to undertake a major expansion of its manufacturing operations.

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Craft beverage summit is on tap March 3 in Huntington

Nationally known expert Don Schjeldahl will headline Craft 2: A Farm to Bottle Summit March 3 in Huntington as the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) brings together interests from across the region to support the emerging craft beverage economy.

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RCBI to train ex-prisoners affected by opioid crisis

A one-of-a-kind initiative by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University will provide former female prisoners affected by the opioid crisis new leases on life and a pathway to careers in manufacturing.

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RCBI drives innovation with nearly $700,000 in seed funding

A professor has an idea for a new product. An entrepreneur wants to test his design for a better fastener. An existing business seeks to launch a new product line. These and many other ideas have become reality with the help of the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University.

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Robotics teams to battle in Tower Takeover challenge

Robotics teams from across the Tri-State and beyond will converge on Huntington Saturday, January 25, to compete for a chance to advance to the West Virginia VEX Robotics Championship March 7 in Fairmont.

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Challenge to recognize best in agricultural innovation

Agricultural innovators across West Virginia will compete for a business assistance package valued in excess of $10,000 as part of a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

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Higher education veteran Carol Howerton joins RCBI

Higher education veteran Carol Howerton has been named senior strategic advisor for workforce development for Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI). She will assume the new role January 13.

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Welch training program earns accreditation

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) Machinist Technology/CNC Program in Welch – offered in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the McDowell County Career & Technology Center – has earned site approval from the Higher Learning Commission, a regional college accrediting body.

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Twenty-six businesses honored for exporting to new markets

Dec. 16, 2016

The State of West Virginia honored 26 businesses this month with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award for exporting to a new country during the previous year. This year, 10 of the companies received the award for the first time.

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