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 Issues Executive Order Relating to the Interagency Council on Homelessness

11/27/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued Executive Order 9-13 transferring the Interagency Council on Homelessness from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.

"Ending homelessness requires a collaboration among state agencies, local governments, the private sector and service provider networks to coordinate program development, deliver essential services and provide housing," said Gov. Tomblin. "I am confident the Council's collaboration with these groups will help reduce homelessness - improving the overall quality of life within our communities."

A recent study conducted by the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness indicates that there are 3,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in West Virginia, with 45 percent being families, 18 percent being chronically homeless, and 15 percent being veterans.

The objectives of the Council and the services it provides are well-matched to the Department of Health and Human Resources' mission. The Council will be chaired by the Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, or his or her designee, and will be comprised of the following additional seven members:
  • The Governor or his designee;
  • The Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families, or designee;
  • The Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans' Assistance, or designee;
  • The Superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education, or designee;
  • The Executive Director of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, or designee;
  • The Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, or designee; and
  • A representative from the Office of Economic Opportunity.

The Council will serve as a statewide homelessness planning and policy development resource for the Governor and the State of West Virginia. The Council will develop and implement a plan to prevent and end homelessness in the State of West Virginia-including evidence-based improvements to programs and policies to ensure services and housing are provided in an efficient, cost effective, and productive manner. The Council will also develop recommendations and strategies, oversee the implementation of the plan to ensure accountability and consistent results, as well as identify and maximize the leveraging of resources to improve the system of services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Council will be supported by a workgroup to assist it in its duties and make recommendations to the Governor. The work group may be comprised of state agency staff, representatives of the state's continuum of care organizations, a statewide homeless advocacy group, and other public and private entities as determined by the council.

To read Executive Order 9-13 in its entirety, click here.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977