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 Praised W.Va. Students for Completing Prestigious Oak Ridge Summer Science Program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Governor Earl Ray Tomblin praised four West Virginia students who were chosen to attend a prestigious summer science program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Sofia Jimenez of Summers County High School in Hinton, Elizabeth Remias of Clay County High School in Clay, and Kanyon Brogan and Isabella Jimenez of Summers Middle School in Hinton were among a group of students and teachers from across 13 Appalachian states, who spent two weeks participating in a hands-on institute focused on math, science, and technology.
"These young students from Summers and Clay counties learned how critical these skill sets are to the future of West Virginia," Gov. Tomblin said. "I hope the lessons learned will carry them a long way as they are the future leaders our Appalachian communities."

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), of which Gov. Tomblin serves as the ARC States' co-chair, sponsored the program. Teachers from the 13 ARC states also were invited to participate in professional development for educators, including Gina Thomas and Christy Fitzwater of Clay County Middle School.

Student participants at this year's 24th Annual ARC/ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Summer and Math-Science-Technology Institute were assigned projects dealing with supercomputers; the design of novel polymeric materials using computer simulation; the use of computers to design therapeutic drugs to determine their efficacy; and robotic systems engineering. Teachers were divided into four research teams that focused on chemical sciences, physics, energy and transportation sciences, and materials sciences.

Since 2000, the summer program has provided a total of 508 high school students and 210 teachers with in-lab learning experiences at one of the nation's premier national laboratories.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a unique federal-state partnership established by Congress in 1965 to bring Appalachia into the mainstream of the American economy.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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