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 24 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.

“These award winners are being recognized because of their commitment to a cleaner, healthier environment and for their diligence in striving to lessen their impact on the environment,” Secretary Huffman said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to highlight their outstanding efforts, which make our state a better place to live and work.”

Eligibility for industrial awards includes exemplary environmental performance and a record of compliance with regulatory authorities for the 2012 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 – Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (Charleston); and American Public University (Charles Town).
  • Municipal Stormwater – West Virginia University (Morgantown); Beckley Sanitary Board; City of Charleston.
  • Muncipal Landfill – Copper Ridge Landfill (Welch).
  • Industry Greater than 100 Employees – Norfolk Southern Corp. (Mullens); Toyota Motor Manufacturing (Buffalo).
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Greater than 400,000 Gallons Per Day – Princeton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Less than 400,000 Gallons Per Day – Bramwell Public Service District.
  • Wastewater Collection System – Summit Park Public Service District (Clarksburg).
  • Environmental Stewardship – McDowell County Solid Waste Authority (Welch); Mike Saffel (Princeton Sanitary Board); Big Coal River Branch/Coal River Group (St. Albans); Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (Martinsburg).
  • Outstanding Litter Control Officer – Wendell Hatfield, McDowell County SWA (Welch).
  • Volunteers of the Year – Teter CEOs (Buckhannon).
  • Education and Community Involvement – City of Hurricane; Friends of Milam Creek (McGraws); Wastewater Treatment Coalition of McDowell County (Welch); Potomac Valley Audubon Society (Shepherdstown); Indian Creek Watershed Association (Union).
  • Environmental Partnership – Cacapon Institute (High View).
  • Cabinet Secretary Award – Buffalo Creek Watershed Association (Man).

Contact Information

Tom Aluise
304) 926-0440