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 to Lead Investment Trip to Europe

Secretary Burdette and Gov. Tomblin discuss the upcoming investment mission to Europe
Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office
Secretary Burdette and Gov. Tomblin discuss the upcoming investment mission to Europe.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will embark on an investment mission to Europe. The 13-day mission is scheduled for Oct. 10-22 and will include stops in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The governor will focus on strengthening relations with companies currently doing business in West Virginia, as well as building relationships with those considering investing in the state. He will also participate in several events geared at sparking new interest in the Mountain State.

"West Virginia has a world-class workforce, a strategic location, and a business climate that gets stronger every day. We're gaining a global reputation as an outstanding place to do business," said Gov. Tomblin. "In a few weeks, I will cross the Atlantic to personally express my thanks to the many European executives who already have located operations here. I will also meet with a number of companies looking to take advantage of what we have to offer. These face-to-face meetings are an indispensable part of bringing more global investment and good-paying jobs to our state."

European relations play a vital role in West Virginia's economy. Last year, nearly 1/3 of West Virginia's $11.3 billion exports went to Europe. More than 80 European companies have invested in West Virginia. These companies currently employ more than 10,000 hard-working West Virginians. Gov. Tomblin is the first West Virginia governor to visit France on a trade mission.

This tour will mark Gov. Tomblin's second international mission. Last June, the governor led a similar mission to Japan. "Our mission to Japan was tremendously successful, with five companies announcing expansions upon our return. I'm very hopeful this mission proves to be just as fruitful," said Gov. Tomblin.

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