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 Encourages West Virginians to "Shop Small" This Holiday Season


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking holiday shoppers to add something extra to their lists: Small Business Saturday. The nationwide event takes place on Nov. 30, and is an excellent way to support local businesses across West Virginia, the governor said.
"Local merchants provide important jobs, goods and services," Gov. Tomblin said. "West Virginia's small businesses play a vital role in our state and local economies. Small business is big business in West Virginia, and I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to support small businesses on November 30." 
According to the West Virginia Development Office, small businesses represent 96 percent of all employers in the state and employ 53.1 percent of the state's private-sector labor force. In the last three years, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, part of the West Virginia Development Office, has helped businesses create and retain more than 3,500 jobs. 
Two other Development Office programs, Main Street West Virginia and West Virginia ON TRAC, work year round with communities throughout the state to promote hometown stores and boost local economies. Accredited Main Street and ON TRAC communities include:
  • Charleston East End and Charleston West Side, both in Kanawha County;
  • Fairmont and Mannington, both in Marion County;
  • Kingwood, Preston County;
  • Martinsburg, Berkley County;
  • Morgantown, Monongalia County;
  • Philippi, Barbour County;
  • Point Pleasant, Mason County;
  • Ripley, Jackson County;
  • Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs, both in Greenbrier County;
  • Belington, Barbour County;
  • Beverly and Elkins, both in Randolph County;
  • Madison, Boone County;
  • Parkersburg, Wood County;
  • Parsons, Tucker County;
  • Charles Town, Jefferson County;
  • Romney, Hampshire County;
  • Rowlesburg, Preston County;
  • Shinnston, Harrison County;
  • Sutton, Braxton County;
  • Wheeling, Ohio County;
  • Marlinton, Pocahontas County; and
  • Kenova, Wayne County.
All 26 communities will have retailers participating in the event. 
For more information about the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, Main Street West Virginia or West Virginia ON TRAC, visit www.wvcommerce.org. 

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Amy Shuler Goodwin