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 Declares a Statewide State of Emergency

10/29/2012
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Governor Tomblin declares a statewide state of emergency in preparation for severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy
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Gov. Tomblin declares a statewide state of emergency in preparation for severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a statewide state of emergency, effective noon today, and has activated 150 National Guard troops.

"Our troops will assist local responders in the areas we believe will be hardest hit by severe weather conditions. Additionally, our Division of Highways folks began work last night. I continue to encourage West Virginians to prepare their families by gathering necessities," said Gov. Tomblin. "I've already received calls from organizations willing to set up shelters and I'm grateful for the outpouring of support so early in this emergency. I'm asking all West Virginians to please check on and assist your neighbors, especially seniors and others who may have difficulty preparing for and weathering this storm."

The eastern mountain counties are expected to experience blizzard like conditions receiving up to two feet of snow. The eastern panhandle counties are expected to experience flooding, and southern counties have already received some snowfall. While weather conditions could change, forecasts predict high winds and precipitation throughout the state-potentially causing power outages.

The statewide State of Emergency enables the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to operate a round the clock under the governor's direction. For response efforts, Gov. Tomblin has strategically positioned certain state agency personnel and equipment throughout the state.

West Virginians can learn more about how to prepare by visiting www.ready.wv.gov. Gov. Tomblin will provide updates regarding the state of emergency at www.governor.wv.gov.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977