West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 ‘Stars of the Industry’ honored at W.Va. Governor’s Conference on Tourism

10/22/2012
Oshel Craigo, chairman, West Virginia Tourism Commission; Mike Perry, co-founder Heritage Farm Museum and Villiage, winner of the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award; and Ken Lowe, owner, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.
Oshel Craigo, chairman, West Virginia Tourism Commission; Mike Perry, co-founder Heritage Farm Museum and Villiage, winner of the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award; and Ken Lowe, owner, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.
South Charleston, W.Va. – The Tourism Commission recognized the best in the state’s tourism industry at the “Stars of the Industry” award ceremony at the 2012 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

This year’s conference took place Oct. 8-10 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. The keynote speaker was Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thanked industry members for their efforts in promoting the state. “Tourism in West Virginia is thriving because of their hard work and cooperation. I am confident that the tourism industry will continue to rise to meet every new challenge,” he said.

The Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Mike Perry, co-founder along with his wife, Henriella, of Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington. This award recognizes the “best of the best” in the tourism industry; nominees must have demonstrated continued and long-term leadership, benevolence or contributions to the growth and success of the state’s tourism industry.

The Tourism Professional of the Year Award was presented to Kenny Sexton, president, owner and producer of American Mountain Theater in Elkins. This award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding and significant contribution that enriches West Virginia’s tourism industry, through outstanding job performance, leadership in the tourism industry or development and improvement of tourism facilities and activities.

The Mountain State Award was presented to American Mountain Theater, in recognition for its excellence in programming, quality, distinctiveness, marketing efforts and/or attendance and impact on the state’s economy and/or image.

The Spirit of West Virginia Award was presented to Lemuel Muniz, producer with Moon and Stars Productions, the company that produced the nine Civil War heritage videos for the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s website. The award recognizes his work promoting West Virginia tourism development and enhanced community pride while preserving the state’s cultural, historical or natural heritage and beauty.

Other winners of this year’s industry awards were:

Best Overall Advertising Campaign: Southern West Virginia CVB

Best Overall Marketing Campaign: Greater Morgantown CVB

Best Print Article: Nikki Bowman – West Virginia Living magazine

Best Print Photography Layout: Greenbrier County CVB

Best Internet/E-Magazine Article: Pocahontas County CVB

Best Website: Greater Morgantown CVB

Best Broadcast: “Bizarre Foods”

Nominations were judged by a panel representing the Division of Culture and History, the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association and the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

For more information about events and attractions in the Mountain State, visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism online at www.wvtourism.com or call 1-800-CALL WVA (1-800-225-5982).

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312