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. and First Lady Tomblin to Honor Military Families with Gold Star Families Recognition Tree


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, in coordination with the West Virginia National Guard, will honor military families who have lost a loved one in combat with the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree. The tree will be displayed in the Governor's Reception Room of the State Capitol Building with the "First Responders Recognition" tree during the holiday season. 

"This year's "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree not only honors the memory of our military members lost in combat, it pays tribute to the families left behind-the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons," Gov. Tomblin said. "We are forever indebted to our veterans, military members, and their families for their service-and their sacrifice."

"With so many West Virginians serving in the Armed Forces, it is important for us to keep in mind the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens," First Lady Tomblin said. "I believe this year's "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree will not only show our support for these families, it will honor all those who have served and continue to serve our state and the nation."

"This "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree is a reminder that West Virginia has not forgotten the sacrifices that these families, who have lost a loved one in military service, have given to this great state and nation," said Command Sergeant Major Kevin L. Harry, Senior Enlisted Leader for the West Virginia National Guard. "The West Virginia National Guard is honored to assist with this project and is committed to providing assistance to these Families throughout the year with our Gold Star Family program."

West Virginians wishing to participate can send in photos of their loved ones or friends lost in combat for the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree. All photos must be received by Friday, November 29, 2013. Unfortunately, photos will not be returned. 

Mail submissions to: West Virginia Governor's Mansion
Attn: Tina Amburgey, Information Specialist
1716 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305

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Tina Amburgey, Information Specialist