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.

 Department of Agriculture Honors Farm City Week Poster Contest Winners

West Virginia students in kindergarten through sixth grades recently participated in the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s (WVDA) Farm-City Week poster contest. The theme of the contest, to coincide with the WVDA’s celebration of its centennial in 2011, was “100 Years of Protecting Your Family’s Health and Resources.” Students were asked to create a poster showing what the theme meant to them.

“This contest is an effort by the Department to stimulate thought on the part of our youngsters about the importance of agriculture to our society,” said Commissioner Douglass. “I would like to thank all the teachers and students who participated. There were hundreds of entries and I hope we helped to raise the agricultural awareness of everyone who participated.”

National Farm-City Week takes place each year during the week immediately preceding Thanksgiving Day and recognizes the contributions made by both rural and urban America in providing consumers a safe, wholesome and affordable food supply.

For more information on the contest, contact WVDA’s Communications Division at 304-558-3708, or visit www.wvagriculture.org and click on the “Farm-City Poster Contest” link. For more information on National Farm-City Week visit www.farmcity.org.

Entries were broken down into three age categories: Grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. First place in each category received a $75 cash prize, second place received a $50 cash prize and third place received a $25 cash prize.

The winners in grades K-2 were:

First place – Zoe Daugherty, Waverly Elementary, Wood County
Second place – Haylee Jordan, Point Pleasant Primary, Mason County
Third place – Brae’lee Fragale, Pratt Elementary, Kanawha County

The winners in grades 3-4 were:

First place – Alexa Crislip, Craigsville Elementary, Nicholas County
Second place – Camden Lawrence, Craigsville Elementary, Nicholas County
Third place – Elizabeth Warner, Easton Elementary, Monongalia County

The winners in grades 5-6 were:

First place – Trophi-Lea Hartford, Doddridge Middle School, Doddridge County
Second place – Margaret Warner, Easton Elementary, Monongalia County
Third place – Hannah Cool, Craigsville Elementary, Nicholas County

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson, Communications Officer
304-558-3708; 304-541-5932 (cell)