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 Announces New Mobile App Enables West Virginians to Report Suspicious Activity

2/27/2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Today Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined by West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato and West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center Director Thom Kirk together announced a new mobile app, that enables West Virginians to submit tips concerning suspicious criminal and terrorist activity, is now available for smartphones.

"Through the use of innovative technology our citizens can download the new Suspicious Activity Reporting Application for free and help protect their own communities," Gov. Tomblin said. "With the assistance of our citizens, important information can quickly get into the hands of our law enforcement community allowing them to provide better protection. This is just another example of my administration's commitment to helping keep our streets and citizens safer."

Developed by West Virginia Interactive as a project of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, the app sends submitted information, including photos and texts, to the Fusion Center where the information can help authorities react to and prevent incidents from occurring. The previous methods of submitting suspicious or criminal activity by using the Fusion Center's website or by calling them directly has now been enhanced by the implementation of this application.

"The longer you wait the less accurate eyewitness information becomes and evidence fades," said Thom Kirk, Director of the Fusion Center. "Enabling the information to be sent at the time the activity is taking place will not only improve the accuracy of the report, but also improve the ability of the authorities to respond quickly."

The free application is available for download from the iTunes App Store or Android Market and gives citizens the ability to:
  • Capture a photo from the app or use one that already exists on the device
  • Automatically find and use their location or enter an address
  • Report detailed subject and vehicle descriptions
  • Remain anonymous if preferred, or include contact information

"We're excited about getting citizens involved in protecting their communities," said WVDHSEM Director Jimmy Gianato. "We're currently looking at our other services to see what else makes sense to move to the mobile platform."

The mission of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is to ensure the protection of life and property by providing coordination, guidance, support and assistance to local emergency managers and first responders. For more information, visit http://www.dhsem.wv.gov.

The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center is a partnership between public and private entities. Through the cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement, public safety agencies, and the private sector, the fusion center is able to better protect the citizens of the United States against all hazards. For more information, visit http://www.fusioncenter.wv.gov.

The new Suspicious Activity Reporting Application was developed at no cost to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management or West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center through the state's self-funded electronic government program, WV.gov. For more information about West Virginia's electronic government program, visit: http://www.wv.gov/partner.

About WV.gov
WV.gov is the official website of the State of West Virginia (http://www.wv.gov) and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with state and local government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).

About NIC
NIC Inc. is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies across the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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