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.

 Gov. Tomblin Highlights the Economic Impact of Construction of The Summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today highlighted the economic impact of past, current, and planned construction activity at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, occurring from 2010-2013.

"It's been a remarkable experience seeing The Summit develop from an idea, to a construction site, and now to completion," Gov. Tomblin said. "This world-class location has not only has made a major impact on the local economy through new employment opportunities during its construction phase, it will also continue to be a source of economic activity for years to come as its popularity draws visitors from across the globe."

The economic impact of The Summit includes job growth in the construction industry as well as employment opportunities in the professional, scientific and technical, utility, and health care industries. To date the Summit has:
  • Supported, on average of 848 local jobs each year-543 directly, and another 305 indirectly
  • Provided labor income amounts totaling $169.7 million into the local economy
    • $121.4 million directly through employment income, including wages and benefits as well as proprietor income
    • $48.3 million indirectly through the impact of local industries buying goods and services from area companies
  • Generated $45.1 million in additional tax revenues for the four years
    • $15.8 million in state and local collections
    • $29.3 million in federal collections

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin