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 Highlights the Importance of Preserving West Virginia's History

3/5/2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 5, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today highlighted the importance of preserving West Virginia's history. He presented $410,409 in Records Management and Preservation Board grant funds and $79,950 in survey and planning grant funds. The Records Management and Preservation Board was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2000 to develop a system of records management and preservation for county governments. Following a review of application submissions, the Board recommended projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in county offices

 

For more information about the Records Management and Preservation Board's annual grant program or the work of the Records Management and Preservation Board, contact Denise Ferguson, county records archivist for West Virginia Archives and History of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, by phone at (304) 558-0230, ext. 150 or by e-mail at [16]denise.l.ferguson@wv.gov. Survey and planning grants are for projects involving architectural and archaeological surveys; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; heritage education programs relating to preservation activities; pre-development activities; comprehensive planning documents; and development projects. The State Historic Preservation Office provided recommendations to the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations.

 

For more information about the survey and planning grants or a complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria, visit the division's website at www.wvculture.org/shpo, or contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 720 or pam.a.brooks@wv.gov.

 

Records Management and Preservation Board Grant recipients:

 

Barbour County Commission
$9,173 to index map and plat books, and to purchase map cabinets with Mylar sleeves to store and encapsulate these records in the county clerk's office.

 

Berkeley County Commission
$19,545 to index scanned case files and purchase cubic foot records storage boxes for long-term inactive case files in the circuit clerk's office; and to rebind deed of trust and deed index books in the county clerk's office.

 

Boone County Commission
$12,000 to purchase moveable track shelving to enhance access to law enforcement and tax records in the sheriff's office.

 

Brooke County Commission
$4,048 to repair and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk's office.

 

Cabell County Commission
$9,500 to scan and index trustee and lien books in the county clerk's office.

 

Calhoun County Commission
$17,356 to purchase a color scanner, one map cabinet and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate plat maps, and to index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office.

 

Doddridge County Commission
$15,000 to scan and index deed and lease books, to encapsulate will book indexes and land books, and to rebind deed, oil and gas, death, and marriage index books in the county clerk's office.

 

Fayette County Commission
$13,630 to purchase an oversize color scanner to digitize the county's property maps in the assessor's office, and to rebind deed, assignment, birth and death books, and to encapsulate and rebind map books in the county clerk's office.

 

Grant County Commission
$6,052 to purchase a steel a map cabinet in the county clerk's office.

 

Greenbrier County Commission
$12,316 to scan and index will books, to purchase roller shelving for deed books, and to rebind the assessor's copies of land books in the county clerk's office.

 

Hampshire County Commission
$4,414 to restore, rebind, and encapsulate survey and will books in the county clerk's office.

 

Hardy County Commission
$17,506 to purchase moveable track shelving to enhance access to criminal, civil, and juvenile case files in the prosecuting attorney's office, and to purchase roller shelving for the assessor's copies of land books in the county clerk's office.

 

Harrison County Commission
$10,000 to digitize and microfilm the assessor's copies of land books in the county clerk's office.

 

Jackson County Commission
$10,000 to scan and index case files in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Kanawha County Commission
$4,540 to rebind civil and criminal index books in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Lewis County Commission
$10,000 to scan and index deed books in the county clerk's office.

 

Marion County Commission
$10,000 to scan and index the earliest handwritten birth, death, and marriage records in the county clerk's office.

 

McDowell County Commission
$1,490 to purchase two public computers that will enhance access to deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office.

 

Mercer County Commission
$19,245 to purchase moveable track shelving for long-term inactive case files, and a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of confidential records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the circuit clerk's office, and to rebind, encapsulate, and microfilm deed books, purchase three public access computers, and for digital conversion of index books in the county clerk's office.

 

Mingo County Commission
$10,000 to digitize and microfilm adoption, chancery, law, and criminal order books in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Monroe County Commission
$10,000 to index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office.

 

Morgan County Commission
$11,924 to scan and index case files and purchase a scanner in the prosecuting attorney's office, and to scan and index map cards and purchase a scanner in the assessor's office.

 

Pendleton County Commission
$9,565 to digitize and microfilm deed books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk's office, and to purchase a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of confidential records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Putnam County Commission
$13,636 to scan and index deed books in the county clerk's office; to scan and index map cards, personal property assessment, and business forms in the assessor's office, and to purchase a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of confidential records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Raleigh County Commission
$10,844 to scan and index homestead/disability exemption cards, to purchase shelving the cards and for two public computers that will enhance access to these records in the assessor's office.

 

Randolph County Commission
$12,000 to purchase roller shelving for the earliest permanent records in the county clerk's office.

 

Ritchie County Commission
$15,000 to digitize and microfilm the county's earliest order books, 1881-present, and to encapsulate deed, lease, and will index books in the county clerk's office.

 

Roane County Commission
$9,969 to purchase roller shelving for deed and deed of trust books, and two public computers that will enhance access to deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office.

 

Summers County Commission
$10,892 to purchase roller shelving surface tables in the county clerk's office, and to purchase a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of confidential records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Tucker County Commission
$16,045 to purchase roller shelving for the assessor's copies of land books in the county clerk's office.

 

Tyler County Commission
$8,766 to purchase a color scanner and roller shelving for permanent records in the county clerk's office, and to rebind a chancery order book in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Upshur County Commission
$10,000 to scan and index chancery and law case files in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Wayne County Commission
$13,461 to purchase a color scanner, and to index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office.

 

Webster County Commission
$13,956 to index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office, and to purchase Mylar sleeves to encapsulate property tax maps in the assessor's office.

 

Wirt County Commission
$18,536 to index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk's office, and to purchase moveable track shelving for inactive long-term case files in the circuit clerk's office.

 

Wood County Commission
$10,000 to scan and index deed books in the county clerk's office.

 

Survey and Planning Grant recipients:

Beckley Historic Landmark Commission

$15,900 to conduct a cultural resource investigation at the Beckley Grist Mill site in Raleigh County.

 

Charles Town Historic Landmark Commission
$7,000 to prepare a historic structures report to document the Star Lodge to guide rehabilitation.

 

City of Fairmont/Fairmont Review Commission
$2,100 to sponsor a Realtor Training workshop for Fairmont and the surrounding areas for local realtors.

 

City of Ronceverte/Historic Landmark Commission
$13,650 to prepare a historic structures conditions report to guide in the repair of brick pavers on Pocahontas Avenue and Spruce Street in Ronceverte.

 

Elkins Historic Landmark Commission
$7,000 to conduct an architectural re-survey of downtown residential Elkins.

 

Fairmont Review Commission/Main Street Fairmont
$3,500 to host a conference for potential developers and others to showcase historic properties and educate them about the incentives available.

 

Greenbrier County Commission
$7,000 to conduct an architectural survey of the area south of I-64 in Greenbrier County.

 

Huntington Historic Landmark Commission
$6,300 to co-host a statewide preservation conference with Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the West Virginia Archaeological Society.

 

Ritchie County Historic Landmark Commission
$7,000 to conduct an architectural survey in Pennsboro.

 

Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission
$10,500 to conduct an architectural survey of Oglebay and Wheeling Park.

Contact Information

Office of the Governor