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.

 Governor Tomblin Announces Changes at Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

6/26/2014 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 26, 2014) -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced changes at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), including the appointment of Stephanie Bond as director of Division of Juvenile Services.

"Today, I am extremely pleased to name these three dedicated and experienced individuals to leadership positions at DMAPS," Gov. Tomblin said. "As we increase our justice reinvestment efforts and begin a comprehensive review of our juvenile system, I have the utmost confidence that this leadership team will continue to devote themselves to these initiatives, while maintaining public safety and ensuring the security of our communities."

All changes are effective July 1, 2014.

Current Acting Director of the Division of Juvenile Services Stephanie Bond will serve as Director of the Division of Juvenile Services. Bond, who was appointed Acting Director in February 2013, previously served as superintendent of the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis.

Gov. Tomblin also appointed current Deputy Secretary of DMAPS Rick Staton to serve as Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. Staton, who has served as Deputy Secretary since March 2013, will replace retired director Norbert Federspiel.

In addition, current Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein will serve a dual role as Deputy Secretary of DMAPS. Rubenstein has served more than three decades in corrections, and was named Commissioner of the Division of Corrections in 2001.

"Our mission at DMAPS is to ensure our communities are a safe place to put down roots and raise a family," Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton said. "As we continue to take responsible steps toward reform, I look forward to working with this leadership team to continue our progress."

Contact Information

Office of the Governor