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's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force Presents Report

2/21/2013
Gov. Tomblin speaks at the 2013 IOGAWV winter meeting this morning.
Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office
Gov. Tomblin speaks at the 2013 IOGAWV winter meeting this morning.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has received a final report from the Governor's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. The report provides several recommendations regarding the utilization of the state's abundant natural gas to fuel the state's transportation needs.

"We have the opportunity to reinvest in our own economy, provide drivers with lower costs at the pump as well as support the establishment of more good-paying jobs for West Virginians - all by using a clean burning energy source harvested right here at home," Gov. Tomblin said. "The Task Force's recommendations include my recently introduced alternative fuel tax credit legislation. I will continue to work with legislators, and other stakeholders, to make the most of this opportunity."

Gov. Tomblin issued an executive order, June 19, 2012, establishing the 21 member board that is comprised of public and private industry experts. Some of the recommendations included in the Task Force's report presented to the governor today include:
  • transitioning a portion of the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas and transition the state bus fleet to propane;
  • increasing the maximum amount of a tax credit allowed for building natural gas fueling infrastructure to $400,000;
  • encouraging the private sector to develop a communications strategy to educate the public on the benefits of natural gas vehicles, among others.

To review the Task Force's report, click here.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977