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 Substance Abuse Prevention Services Grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a $9 million federal grant to West Virginia because of its comprehensive partnership effort to expand substance and mental health prevention services statewide. The grant is for a 5-year period, with $1.8 million provided each year.

"West Virginia received this grant because of the relationships that we've built and our efforts in bringing together nationally renowned experts to tackle the fight against substance abuse," Gov. Tomblin said. "Substance use and mental health disorders threaten West Virginia's families, workforce, and communities, with more than 152,000 individuals in need of treatment. This grant enhances last year's Substance Abuse legislation, Senate Bill 437, as well as other important policy changes we are making to address this issue."

The West Virginia Partnerships for Success (WVPFS) project will use the grant to focus on decreasing underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in 12 high-need identified counties, expanding college prevention initiatives and improving community norms statewide.

WVPFS is a partnership among the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University, Penn State University Prevention Research Center, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

"Considering West Virginia has the nation's highest rate of drug deaths, this project has the potential to reach more than 66,000 youth with a potential impact of nearly 450,000 citizens," Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling said. "It's imperative to reach parents and children about the dangers of substance use and provide them with the tools to be drug-free."

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