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 Highways' First Public Private Partnership Project

8/26/2014
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, along with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, Congressman Nick Rahall and the Coalfields Expressway Authority, today announced plans to advertise for the Request of Qualifications (RFQ) of the Division of Highways' first Private Public Partnership (PPP) project under Senate Bill 190, enacted this past legislative session.
 
This 3.3-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway will connect Mullens to existing sections already under construction and, when complete, open the expressway from I-64/I-77 to Mullens (nearly 19 miles).
 
"This is great news for southern West Virginia and people across the state," Gov. Tomblin said. "A solid infrastructure helps provide our communities with additional economic development opportunities, and the public-private partnership concept is a great example of how state government and the private sector can work together to improve the quality of life for our residents. I appreciate the contributions of all involved in making this request for qualifications announcement possible."
 
"I appreciate the leadership of Governor Tomblin in seeing this important procurement method move through the legislative process," Secretary Mattox said. "The PPP is another valuable tool to continue to preserve, maintain and build highways infrastructure in West Virginia. Additionally, I would like to recognize Congressman Rahall's support with not only this important project, but every transportation issue we've faced."
 
"Our state is breaking new ground with this partnership agreement," said Congressman Rahall, top Democrat of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "It is most welcome news for the Coalfields Expressway, but it is equally promising news for other highway projects as well. Innovative financing is a true asset in attracting every available federal and other funding dollar to build our highways and the jobs that come with them. Richard Browning's leadership in the Legislature and Governor Tomblin's broad vision have been central in this progress and a bold fully funded federal transportation bill will keep it moving forward."
 
"The Coalfields Expressway Authority is very pleased with this announcement by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that the bidding process for the at-grade construction of the remaining two miles of Coalfields Expressway and connector road to Mullens has begun," said Richard Browning, executive director of the Coalfields Expressway Authority. "Hopefully, the highway can be opened up for usage from Mullens to Beckley very soon after this construction is complete. Completion of this link is an important milestone in the evolution of the Coalfields Expressway. The authority would like to thank Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for embracing this new concept of public-private partnership for highway construction in West Virginia, Congressman Nick Rahall for providing the funding through federal highway legislation and congressional earmarks for the Coalfields Expressway over the years, and the West Virginia Division of Highways for embracing the PPP concept and for their dedication and funding for the project. Using this type of bidding for highway construction should result in the delivery of the project to the residents of the area quicker and cheaper."
 
The Coalfields Expressway project is multi-lane expressway connecting I-64/I-77 at Beckley and U.S. 23 near Grundy. It is expected to promote economic development opportunities for this region. In West Virginia, the Coalfields Expressway will be about 65 miles long, while in Virginia, the length of the corridor will be about 50 miles.
 
Final bids for Coalfields Public Private Partnership project are expected to be opened in December with construction anticipated to begin Spring 2015.
 

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