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.

 Governor Tomblin Announces $1.34 Billion Investment Bringing 100 New Jobs to Marshall County

8/30/2012
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Williams Partners L.P., in announcing the natural gas company will invest $1.34 billion between now and 2014 including the addition of 100 new long-term generational jobs in the Northern Panhandle region. This announcement is supported by the Regional Economic Development Authority, Marshall County Commissioners, and state and local leaders.

"Williams' commitment to Marshall County and the entire Northern Panhandle is an example of the growing opportunities Marcellus Shale development is bringing to West Virginia," Gov. Tomblin said. "The investment and jobs will have lasting effects on the region as the workers needed will be operating and maintaining Williams' facilities and pipelines for many years to come."

Since acquiring the Caiman Energy assets and staff in April, Williams Partners has hired an additional 74 new full-time positions in the area - 49 of those positions filled by skilled, local workers from the Ohio Valley.

In January 2012, Williams Partners joined with Caiman Energy II as part of a joint venture to develop midstream infrastructure facilities to connect producers' natural gas and natural gas liquids to the natural gas marketplace in Utica Shale. The processing plants, in conjunction with the construction of the new fractionation facilities, will include an investment of $800 million to develop natural gas, natural gas liquid, and crude oil gathering and processing infrastructure.

With the addition of new jobs and this expansion project comes the leasing of existing space in the Teletech building to house and accommodate Williams Partners operations in Marshall County.

"We are extremely appreciative of Teletech's long-term investment in our community and their commitment to preserving approximately 250 jobs," said Jake Padlow, president of the Marshall County Commission. "Their willingness to adapt and share space with the new Williams' office allows for new business development and growth in our area without losing great economic partners that call Marshall County home."

Williams Partners currently operates two facilities in West Virginia including the Moundsville fractionator and the Fort Beeler gas processing plant, as well as natural gas gathering lines and natural gas liquids pipelines. Additional construction on a new gas processing plant five miles west of the Fort Beeler plant began earlier this year.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977