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, Dept. of Transportation Announce Prichard Intermodal Facility Contract Award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox, today announced Mountaineer Contractors, Inc., of Kingwood, W.Va. was awarded the contract to construct the new Prichard Intermodal Facility located off of Route 52 in Wayne County, W.Va. The bid was for $27,383,738.50

"By making the Mountain State more accessible, the Prichard Intermodal Facility will be instrumental in encouraging economic development in the region as well as providing employment opportunities for West Virginians," said Gov. Tomblin. "Today's announcement brings us closer to making this facility a reality. Thank you to Congressman Rahall, Speaker Thompson, Del. Perdue and Sen. Plymale for helping advance this project."

"This facility is significant in bridging and leveraging our ability to compete with freight movement from Virginia ports to Chicago, Illinois port destinations. Our goal is to provide economic growth in the area as well as having a facility to alleviate our transportation corridors by utilizing rail," said Secretary Mattox. "The combination of a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant, and monies from the Special Rail and Intermodal Enhancement Fund (SRIE), allowed us to provide funding for this extremely important project, and I would like to personally acknowledge the leadership and support of Congressman Rahall, Governor Tomblin, State Senator Plymale, Speaker Thompson and Delegate Perdue."

This project is a result of public and private partnerships stemming from the Heartland Corridor project that was developed to facilitate more efficient travel on Norfolk Southern rail lines between the Norfolk, Virginia port region and two Midwest destinations-Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio.

"I commend Governor Tomblin and all those who have worked so hard to ensure that we are taking further steps forward on this important project - and that it is in fact coming in under budget," said Speaker Rick Thompson. "For years I have strongly believed that the intermodal facility at Prichard, as well as its accompanying infrastructure, is essential to economic development and job creation in the region, and that is why I have continued to advocate for its completion."

"The culmination of a ten year effort, facilitated by the vision of Governor Tomblin, brings the marvel of opportunity not only to Wayne County but all of southern West Virginia," said Del. Don Perdue. "It is a beautiful and memorable day!"

"The intermodal facility culminates 11-12 years of hard work that will bring one of the most significant economic development opportunities to our region," said Sen. Bob Plymale. "This strategic investment enables us to participate in the global market place. I'm excited about our future."

The facility is expected to be operational by 2014.

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