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 Appoints Former Speaker of the House Robert S. Kiss As Secretary of Revenue

6/3/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Robert "Bob" S. Kiss will join his administration as Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue. Kiss' appointment becomes effective July 1, 2013. In the interim, Jason Pizatella will serve as Acting Cabinet Secretary.

"I've had the pleasure of working closely with Bob during our tenure in the legislature together and know he will, once again, serve the people of West Virginia well in this new capacity," Gov. Tomblin said. "With his extensive knowledge of tax law, experience as finance chair and then Speaker of the House of Delegates, Bob truly understands the intricate finances of state government and the importance of maintaining our State's good fiscal standing for the people of West Virginia."

Kiss represented Raleigh and Summers counties from 1989 to 2006 in the House and held several leadership positions including House Finance Chair from 1993 to 1996 and Speaker from 1997 to 2006. During his service in the House, Kiss was instrumental in major economic and fiscal legislation including state tax policy, workers' compensation, PEIA and Medicaid, and the State's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation.

Kiss is a 1979 graduate of Ohio State University who later earned his law degree from the University's Law School. He most recently worked as partner at Bowles Rice Attorneys At Law in Charleston practicing in the areas of tax, estate planning and commercial law and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of tax law, and trusts and estate law.

Kiss is married to Melinda Kiss and resides in Charleston, W.Va.

Gov. Tomblin has appointed Jason Pizatella as Acting Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Revenue effective immediately. Pizatella has been the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Governor's Office since January 2011. Prior to joining the Tomblin Administration, Pizatella served as Deputy State Tax Commissioner and as counsel to the State Senate Committee on Government Organization and Committee on Finance. He will return to the Governor's Office on July 1, 2013.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977