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.

 2008 Swiggy Award Winners Announced

12/12/2008 The second annual Swiggy Awards have been announced. The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services received the first place award for its website (http://wvseniorservices.gov). The Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute at West Virginia State University (http://grdi.wvstateu.edu) won second place. WVU Hospitals (http://health.wvu.edu) received the third place award. 

The Swiggy Awards were created by the Statewide Internet Group (also known as SWIG) a user group of state webmasters.  The Swiggy Awards are given to the top three websites that exemplify design excellence in state government, K-12 schools or higher education. The purpose of the contest is to recognize state organizations' efforts in creating and maintaining well-designed, helpful, accessible, and easy-to-use websites for the citizens of West Virginia.

Eight nominations were received and can be seen online at http://swig.wv.gov.  A committee of SWIG members representing various state organizations judged the entries.   The websites were assessed in the following areas: general impressions, writing, navigation & usability, layout & aesthetics, functionality, accessibility & web standards.

SWIG is a user group of the state Information Technology Council (ITC). Participation in SWIG is diverse and includes people from across the state responsible for maintaining, developing or coordinating websites at state agencies, in the K-12 school system, or in higher education. The West Virginia University Office of Information Technology provided sponsorship of the 2007 Swiggy Awards.

For more information about SWIG, visit http://swig.wv.gov.  

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