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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

  DEP announces Environmental Excellence winners



West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman presented 21 Environmental Awards of Excellence today during a ceremony at DEP headquarters in Charleston.

The DEP’s annual Environmental Awards recognize the accomplishments of state industries, municipalities, educators and community leaders who strive to protect the environment, work to be good corporate neighbors and educate the state’s citizens. The awards are presented to those who share in the DEP’s mission of promoting a healthy environment and practice environmental stewardship.

“We look forward every year to honoring those who share in our agency’s commitment toward a cleaner, healthier environment, as well as showcasing the hard work they do to make our state a better place to live and work,” Secretary Huffman said.

Eligibility for industrial awards includes exemplary environmental performance and a record of compliance with regulatory authorities for the 2013 calendar year. Facilities were nominated by the DEP inspectors who work to ensure their compliance with the law. Other Environmental Award winners were nominated by DEP personnel who work with volunteer and other community-based efforts.

Following is a list of this year’s honorees:

Clean Energy – IGS CNG Services (South Charleston)
Sewage Treatment Plant Greater Than 400,000 GPD – Bluefield-Ada Wastewater Treatment Plant; City of Beckley Wastewater Treatment Plant
Industry Less Than 100 Employees – Leslie Equipment (Cowen)
Industry Greater Than 100 Employees – Weyerhaeuser Co. (Heaters)
Municipal Landfill – Raleigh County Landfill-Raleigh County SWA (Beckley)

Education and Community Involvement – The Highland School Hawks (Ellenboro); Mark Bollinger, National Park Service (Glen Jean); Davis Creek Watershed Association (Charleston); Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council (Charleston)
Safe Dams – WVDNR-Berwind Lake Dam (South Charleston)
Environmental Partnership – West Virginia Recycling Services (Charleston); Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority (Charleston)
Volunteers of the Year – Col. Rowan Post 2345 VFW and Auxiliary (Tunnelton)
Outstanding Litter Control Officer – Jimmy Stone-Raleigh County SWA (Beckley); James Miller-Wyoming County SWA (Pineville)
Environmental Stewardship – Friends of the Hughes River Watershed Association (Harrisville); Braxton County Solid Waste Authority-Town of Sutton (Sutton); Raleigh County SWA-Recycling and Education Center (Beckley); Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority (Pineville)
Cabinet Secretary Award – Morris Creek Watershed Association (Montgomery) 

Contact Information

Tom Aluise
(304) 926-0440