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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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 Tomblin Chairs Inaugural Meeting of Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure

8/23/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today held the inaugural meeting of the Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure at the State Capitol. Governor Tomblin signed Executive Order 4-13, earlier this year, creating the commission and its purpose.

"West Virginia is one of the only states in the country that has not created specific legislation or policies regarding license portability," First Lady Tomblin said. "It is my hope that, through this Commission, we will discover new and innovative ways for our state to better assist military families moving to West Virginia with professional licensure and certification requirements-in turn helping to provide commonsense, efficient government services to those who have given so much of themselves for our state and nation."

The commission's goal is to evaluate potential best practices to facilitate license reciprocity and portability for military spouses, including licensure by endorsement, temporary or provisional licensing and expedited application processes.

Commission member Becky Poling of Hurricane and her husband Tom, a major with the West Virginia National Guard, along with their three children, have moved many times in recent years. Poling spoke during the meeting, explaining her personal reasons for wanting to be a part of this commission.

"Although transferring my license has been cumbersome and costly at times, I consider my family and me to be very lucky because we have had ample time to plan and prepare for each of our moves," Poling said. "However, this could be incredibly grueling for other spouses whose families depend on two incomes or who don't have as much time to prepare for a big move. I am excited to be a part of this commission, and I look forward to helping make decisions and create legislation that will ultimately aid other military families like mine."

The eleven-member commission will meet three times over the next three months to discuss these issues and will submit their final recommendations, including potential legislation, to the Governor on Dec. 12, 2013.
The commission is chaired by First Lady Tomblin and comprised of the following members:

• Amy Hoyer, commission co-chair;
• Becky Poling, a physical therapist;
• Christina McIntire, a teacher;
• Lydia Main, pharmacist;
• Densil Nibert, realtor and retired educator;
• Beverly Stevens, dental assistant;
• Susan Poveromo, cosmetologist;
• Gene Bailey, II, attorney;
• Joseph Garcia, Deputy General Counsel, Gov. Tomblin's Office;
• Chris Weikle, Deputy Policy Director , Gov. Tomblin's Office.

To read more about this commission and its purpose, click here
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Contact Information

Tina Amburgey
304-558-3588