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.

 First Lady Honors West Virginia Sesquicentennial Art Contest Winners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today hosted a ceremony and reception at the Governor's Mansion for the winners of the West Virginia 150th Birthday Art Contest. Joined at the event by their teachers, family members and friends, the winners were congratulated by the First Lady and presented with their prizes, courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

"Whether in the form of words, art or video, all of the entries commemorate the beauty of the Mountain State and the significance of this important milestone in our state's history," First Lady Tomblin said.

"This competition has inspired arts in school, while also encouraging students to become involved with our state's 150th birthday celebration," First Lady Tomblin added. "The Governor and I could not be more pleased with the response to this contest, and we hope that this experience has inspired the students, their schools and communities to find new ways to celebrate the Sesquicentennial."

Students were divided into five age groups, with different instructions and requirements for each. Those in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 were asked to create a birthday card for West Virginia's sesquicentennial birthday, while students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 were asked to create two minute videos wishing West Virginia a Happy 150th Birthday. Themes for the videos included "Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia - What Makes West Virginia Unique" and "What Makes West Virginia Special?" Winning artists received Kindles, and the winning students' classrooms received gift cards for art supplies.

More than 1,500 entries were received from across the state, but only one winner was chosen from each of the five age divisions. First, second-place and honorable mention winners, as well as their teachers and schools, were acknowledged during the mansion ceremony. The winning artwork will be displayed in the State Capitol during the 150th birthday celebration, and the framed artwork will be sent to the winners' families shortly thereafter.

For more information about this contest or to view the video entries, visit www.wvcommerce.org/wv150. For a schedule of West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration events at the Capitol, or to find a celebration in your community, visit www.wv150.com.

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