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 Launches New Effort to Address Distracted Driving in W.Va.

7/1/2013
BECKLEY, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined state highway safety experts, law enforcement officers, legislators, local leaders, and business and community organizations at Tamarack along Interstate 77, to kick-off a statewide campaign reminding motorists of the new safe driving laws taking effect this month. Starting today, July 1, driving while talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device is a primary offense-law enforcement officers can and will pull over drivers and issue citations. Beginning July 9, it will also be a primary offense to drive or ride in a moving vehicle without wearing a seat belt.

"Distracted driving is a serious threat to roadway safety," Gov. Tomblin said. "During a period of seven days last month, Troopers issued 93 citations for texting while driving, 127 citations for reckless driving, and eight citations for collisions involving distracted driving. This law has been in effect for a year -it's time to put safety first. Turn it off. Put it down. Just Drive."

Last year Gov. Tomblin introduced legislation, and legislators passed Senate Bill 211, which made texting while driving a primary offense, and talking on a hand-held cellphone without a hands-free device a secondary offense. Today, the law expands to include, as a primary offense, talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed and the governor signed a bill that makes not wearing a seatbelt in a moving vehicle a primary offense. This legislation is expected to annually save 17 lives, prevent 184 injuries, and save $42 million in accident related costs, like work loss and medical costs. Effective July 9, 2013, if you're in a moving vehicle and not wearing your seat belt, a law enforcement officer can ticket you-even if you're the passenger.

Motorists are encouraged to show their commitment to safe driving by signing Gov. Tomblin's Safe Driver Pledge at www.governor.wv.gov.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977