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.

 15 CVBs Receive Accreditation Renewals Through the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

11/8/2012
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifteen state convention and visitors bureaus received accreditation renewals from the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus during the annual West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held this year Oct. 9-10 Shepherdstown.

Accreditation is designed to encourage all of the state’s CVBs to better prepare and equip themselves to further the development and promotion of tourism in their area and the State of West Virginia. Funded primarily by hotel/motel tax dollars from their areas, CVBs use those monies for the promotion of lodging, attractions, events tourism-related businesses and activities and the soliciting of conventions and meetings.

“The West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus believe that CVBs have a responsibility to be good stewards of those funds and to work effectively towards growth in the tourism industry of this state,” said Kara Dense, executive director of the Greenbrier County CVB and president of the WVACVB.

“Likewise, countless businesses rely on their local CVB to be a good and effective partner in the promotion and marketing of their area in a manner that will benefit the community specifically and businesses in general,” she added.

Organizations receiving renewals on their accreditation are:

Charleston CVB - Charleston
Greater Morgantown CVB - Morgantown
Greenbrier County CVB - Lewisburg
Jefferson County CVB – Harpers Ferry
Lewis County CVB - Weston
Marion County CVB – Pleasant Valley
Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB - Martinsburg Mercer County CVB - Bluefield Mountain Lakes CVB - Weston New River Gorge CVB – Oak Hill Parkersburg CVB - Parkersburg Top of WV CVB - Weirton Upshur County CVB - Buckhannon Visit Southern West Virginia - Beckley Wheeling CVB - Wheeling

Under existing state law, CVBs are not required to be accredited. “However, accredited CVBs can better establish themselves as credible, effective partners with their public and private funding sources and the tourism industry as a whole,” she said.

Dense said the WVACVB is an effective advocate on behalf of the tourism industry and that as a group the organizations must be proactive in addressing those questions.

“Accredited CVBs can better establish themselves as credible, effective partners with their public and private funding sources and the tourism industry as a whole,” she said.

For more information about accreditations, visit the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus at www.wvacvb.org.

Visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism at www.wvtourism.com.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor or Kara Dense
304-957-9312 or 304-645-1000