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 Provides a Storm Update

6/14/2013
Tomblin speaks with one of the seniors displaced from an apartment building due to the severe weather.
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office
Gov. Tomblin speaks with one of the seniors displaced from an apartment building due to the severe weather.
SPENCER, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin traveled storm-damaged Roane County today, assessing the needs of the community and meeting with representatives from the City of Spencer and county emergency services leaders. Storms impacting the region Wednesday and Thursday included several inches of rainfall within a few hours causing streams and creeks to rise, flooding portions of the city and surrounding areas.

"I'm thankful no one was seriously injured and appreciate the hard work of the swift water rescue teams who performed nine rescues at the height of the storm," Gov. Tomblin said. "In 100 years, this area has not experienced damage that we're seeing today: one lane of busy Route 119 has been washed away; at least 100 homes were flooded; and the amount of debris left behind is astounding. In surveying the damage, and listening to flood victims, the historic nature of this flood is evident. I want to assure residents that local, county, and state resources are working in a coordinated effort to serve the needs of the community."

More than 40 West Virginia National Guard members, including two health and wellness as well as four high water assessment teams, are working alongside Roane County emergency personnel. Gov. Tomblin is preparing to double the number of guard members in the area. In addition, Division of Highways crews are working quickly to reopen roads and repair slips including that on Rt. 119. State personnel from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and Human Resources, State Conservation Agency and State Police are continuing to work in the area and assess damages.
 
At the height of the storm, approximately 38,000 electricity customers in West Virginia were without power. Utility companies across the state report power restoration activities have since reduced the number of outages to approximately 4,100 customers with work continuing to bring all customers back on line.
 
Those affected by the storms are encouraged to report damages to the City of Spencer at 304-927-0911. Flood victims are encouraged to contact the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner at 1.888.TRY.WVIC (1.888.879.9842) for assistance with filing an insurance claim or other related insurance questions. Consumers can also visit www.wvinsurance.gov for flood insurance information.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977