TEN50 Accelerator graduates to pitch business ideas

May 22, 2017

Members of the first entrepreneurial class of TEN50: West Virginia’s Business Accelerator at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), will pitch their business ideas to community members and potential investors during Demo Day May 24 at noon in Huntington. The event is the culmination of three months of intense mentoring to turn the startup concepts into solid business operations.


Event focuses on making and manufacturing

May 15, 2017

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will celebrate hands-on learning and highlight careers in manufacturing at its Explore the Vault event on May 18.


RCBI celebrates 50-plus skilled graduates of advanced manufacturing programs

May 4, 2017

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will celebrate next week as more than 50 skilled individuals graduate from its nationally recognized programs and prepare to enter the manufacturing workforce as machinists, CNC technicians and welders.


 RCBI partners on marketing/social media luncheons across southern W.Va.

April 26, 2017

HUNTINGTON—The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is partnering across southern West Virginia to deliver a series of luncheon workshops where you’ll learn how to develop an effective marketing and social media strategy for your small business.


RCBI camps offer students opportunity to explore LEGO robotics

May 18, 2017

HUNTINGTON--The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) promises a summer of discovery for 9- to 15-year-old students interested in robotics.


Major initiatives will diversify economy, create jobs, improve health

April 20, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Initiatives to diversify the economy of southern West Virginia and improve the health of its residents received support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.


RCBI recognized as national apprenticeship leader

April 12, 2017

CHARLESTON The U.S. Department of Labor has named the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) as a national leader in workforce development for its apprenticeship efforts.


Interview with Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher

Harrison County businessman Woody Thrasher was named Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce by Gov. Jim Justice in December 2016. We spoke to him recently about the future of the West Virginia economy. Thrasher is the former president of The Thrasher Group, an engineering and architectural firm in Harrison County that he started with his father in 1983.

RCBI: What are your priorities as Secretary of Commerce?

Thrasher: To be very clear, it is to create jobs in West Virginia. It is a simple message, but how do you do it? When you look at West Virginia, certainly one size does not fit all. I have, for the sake of simplicity, put it into two categories, and they respond to different deficiencies that we have within the state:


SkillsUSA students competing at RCBI

BRIDGEPORT -- Students from across the state will demonstrate their advanced manufacturing know-how at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).


RCBI receives grant for coding camp

March 2, 2017

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has received support from a national foundation for its coding camp for young people.