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 Addresses the West Virginia State Police Academy's 62nd Cadet Class Graduates

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today addressed the West Virginia State Police Academy's newest Troopers at their graduation. He congratulated them on becoming a part of one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country. He also expressed his support and concern for the State Trooper who was shot in Randolph County yesterday, and he commended the efforts of all law enforcement officials who responded to the situation and kept people in the Elkins area safe.

"What happened yesterday in Randolph County is a terrible reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face. I'm very thankful State Police Corporal Andrew Loudin is in stable condition. Joanne and I will be praying for the Corporal and his family and wish him a speedy recovery," Gov. Tomblin said. "The incident is also a reminder of the very important work performed by our law enforcement agencies. They are committed to protecting our communities, and they do an outstanding job. I'd like to offer special thanks to the men and women who responded to yesterday's call and secured the area. We are very thankful for the work they do to keep us safe each and every day."

Gov. Tomblin thanked the new State Troopers for their dedication to protecting our state and congratulated them on joining a police force with a strong tradition of excellence. He encouraged them to always remember "for each person who will test you, there are countless others who will thank you."

The West Virginia State Police was formed in 1919 and is the nation's fourth oldest state police organization. Members of the State Police receive training at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. The cadets undergo an intense 24-week training program. Fifty-three new State Troopers are graduating from the 62nd Cadet Class.

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