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.

 Celebrating West Virginia's 150th Birthday - A column by Governor Tomblin

This year, on June 20th, West Virginia turns 150 years old. It's a big deal, not just for our state, but for our country. One hundred and fifty years ago, our nation was torn apart-divided by the Civil War. As the war went on, the people of what would soon be West Virginia made a decision: to stand for freedom, equality and the United States of America. And in 1863, West Virginia became America's 35th state. Today, 150 years later, West Virginia is known for its picturesque landscape, abundant resources, diverse culture and kind, compassionate people.

I know there are some West Virginians who were not around the last time we celebrated a birthday this big-our centennial in 1963. I was, and it was something I'll never forget. You've likely heard the stories of families gathering around the television to watch from the living room or standing on the State Capitol steps in the rain waiting for President John F. Kennedy to speak. For many of us, it was more than an important moment in our state's history-it was a day that made us all proud to be West Virginians. This June, we get to do it again.

The Sesquicentennial Commission has worked hard to plan a full weekend of events at the State Capitol to celebrate this important birthday. We will kick-off the celebration on June 20th at 1:50 p.m. with a statewide bell ringing, and the events at the Capitol will run through June 23rd. It'll be a celebration you won't want to miss-so mark your calendars and join us at the State Capitol or at a celebration in your community as we make history.

To learn more about the birthday celebration at the Capitol or to find a celebration in your area, visit www.wv150.com.

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Amy Shuler Goodwin