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 Issues Executive Order Reestablishing the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued Executive Order No. 8-13 reestablishing the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission. This Order replaces Executive Order No. 13-09, which expired June 30, 2013.

"It is important we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles in which he believed and struggled to bring to fruition," said Gov. Tomblin. "I truly believe this Commission's planning, development and promotion of this holiday will help to ensure the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire all West Virginians."

The purpose of the Commission is to develop, promote, coordinate, approve, review and make recommendations for activities to commemorate the birthday and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Commission also encourages state, local and county governmental agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and the general public to plan activities for observance of the holiday and to provide them with assistance and information.

The Division of Culture and History and the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will provide general assistance, upon request. Dr. Carolyn Stuart, Executive Director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs has been appointed to serve as the Commission Chair. The following have also been appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission:
  • Secretary Kay Goodwin, Department of Education and the Arts
  • David Fryson, Chief Diversity Officer, West Virginia University
  • Julie Palas, GOHELP
  • Michelle Easton, Dean, University of Charleston, School of Pharmacy
  • Sylvia Ridgeway, State President, NAACP
  • The Honorable Marie Redd
  • Dr. Anthony Woart, Minority Health Institute, Bluefield State College
  • Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, Division of Culture and History
  • Patricia Wilson, Associate Professor, West Virginia State University
  • Jacqueline Proctor
  • Reverend B.J. Roberts
  • Dr. Hazo Carter
  • Reverend Ronald English
  • The Honorable Larry Starcher
  • The Honorable Tod Kaufman

This Commission will expire on June 30, 2017, or as directed by a subsequent Executive Order. To read the Executive Order in its entirety, click here.

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Amy Shuler Goodwin