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 Names Hopkins to Serve as Head of Business and Industrial Development



Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Kris Hopkins as the head of the Business and Industrial Development section of the West Virginia Development Office. The appointment is effective immediately.
"I've had the opportunity to work with Kris on several major natural gas projects, including the recruitment of the Wood County ethane cracker," Gov. Tomblin said. "He is an extremely talented young man, and I'm confident he will be a tremendous asset as we continue our efforts to recruit world-class companies to the Mountain State."
"We are thrilled that Kris has accepted this position," said Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette. "Kris has a great vision for expanding our marketing efforts. He is a smart, forward-thinking leader and has been an indispensable part of our recruitment efforts. We are fortunate to have him lead our team, and I very much look forward to working with him in this new role."
Hopkins grew up in Chesapeake, W. Va., and holds an economics degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Charleston. Before returning to West Virginia, he held a leadership position for a Fortune 1000 company. He began working in business development for the West Virginia Development Office in 2005 as a Manager of National Accounts. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Manager of National Accounts. For the last three years, Kris has led the state's efforts to attract manufacturing projects stemming from West Virginia's shale gas boom, including the state's bid for ethane cracker plants.
Hopkins resides in Cabell County with his wife Dr. Jill Hopkins and their daughter Harper.
Hopkins' predecessor, longtime director Mark Julian, recently accepted a position as the Director of Workforce and Economic Development for the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.  
"Throughout his time at the Department of Commerce, Mark has been a vital part of our successful efforts to attract investment to the state," Gov. Tomblin said. "He will be missed in the Development Office, but I look forward to working with him on workforce development at our community and technical colleges - another area that's critical to our state's economic future."

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