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.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of five individuals to the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The 13-member commission is comprised of representatives from the Legislature, key state agencies, historians and scholars.

"As the only state born from a nation torn, West Virginia has a unique history and perspective regarding the Civil War," Gov. Tomblin said. "Each of the five individuals I have appointed to the commission will further enhance the commission's mission through their specialized knowledge and skills."

The mission of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission is to promote awareness and celebrate the unique creation of the State of West Virginia, the role of its citizens during the Civil War era, and the continuing effect of the war on our people.

The following individuals have been named:

Marie Foster Gnage, Ph.D., of Parkersburg is the President of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and a published author. She will serve as a citizen member.

Kevin Barksdale, Ph.D., of Barboursville is a published author and Assistant Professor of American History, specializing in Appalachian and West Virginia History, at Marshall University. He will serve as an academic historian.

Brandon Kirk of Chapmanville is a published author and instructor of History, specializing in American History, at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He will serve as a citizen member.

Hunter Lesser of Elkins is a consulting archaeologist and published author of more than fifty publications on archaeology and history, including those on the Civil War. He will serve as a citizen member.

Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Ph.D., of Morgantown is a published author of Civil War history and the future Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies, as well as an Associate Professor, at West Virginia University. He will serve as an academic historian.

Each of the five appointees succeeds previous commission members.


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