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 Named 2013 Appalachian Regional Commission's States' Co-Chair

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will serve as the 2013 states' co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), effective Jan. 1, 2013. Gov. Tomblin was chosen as co-chair by the governors of the 12 other states in the Appalachian Region.

"The Appalachian Regional Commission's support for local projects has improved the quality of life for many West Virginians. I'm humbled and honored to help lead this effort," Gov. Tomblin said. "As the states' co-chair, I will work to continue the economic development and infrastructure improvements ARC has facilitated in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia."

As states' co-chair, Gov. Tomblin will serve a one year term and will work directly with ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl.Gov. Tomblin's selection was welcomed by Gohl. "ARC has a full agenda this year, and I am very excited to have Governor Tomblin as the new states' co-chair of ARC. I am looking forward to working with him and the other 12 Governors in strengthening the Appalachian Region's economy."

The West Virginia Development Office coordinates the ARC program in West Virginia. Keith Burdette, the Executive Director of the Development Office and the Cabinet Secretary of the Commerce Division, will serve as the governor's liaison to the Commission.

"The ARC is an important part of our economic development structure here in West Virginia and we look forward to the opportunity to strengthen the mission of the ARC," said Sec. Burdette.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan:
  1. Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  3. Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.
  4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

All 55 of West Virginia's counties are located within the Appalachian Region and are eligible to receive ARC funding for projects.

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Amy Shuler Goodwin