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 Announces Community Forum Dates to Review Education Audit

5/31/2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the dates for a series of community forums that will be held throughout West Virginia to discuss the audit of the State's public education system released earlier this year. The series will be hosted by the nonprofit economic development organization, Vision Shared in collaboration with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

"With the development of new jobs and the revitalization of established industries it is important that we work together to ensure our children receive the best education possible so that we can continue to prepare them for the demands of our growing economy," said Gov. Tomblin. "Business and community leaders, as well as every West Virginian concerned about our education system will have the opportunity to discuss how to best use this information as we strive to improve education in the State."

The Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia' Primary and Secondary Education System, conducted by Public Works LLC, resulted in more than 50 findings and recommendations identified aimed at improving student education. Vision Shared will seek feedback on the service delivery improvement section of the audit and recommendations from business and community leaders throughout the state.

"Education is the foundation for business growth and economic development in West Virginia. Improving our student's educational success is one of Vision Shared's primary strategic goals," said Becky Ceperley, chairman of Vision Shared, "We are hopeful that the input received from business and community leaders during the forums will help provide a path forward for Vision Shared's future efforts."

"Business leaders throughout West Virginia will have an opportunity to talk about workforce preparedness and education needs during these community forums," said Stephen Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. "We look forward to working collaboratively with Governor Tomblin and Vision Shared."

For more information about the forums or to register for a forum, visit http://www.visionshared.com/edu2012/ or call 304-654-0875. Additional information is available by calling Rebecca McPhail Randolph, president of Vision Shared, at 304-767-5189.

Forum Dates
  • June 13, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Elkins, West Virginia
  • June 14, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Martinsburg, West Virginia 
  • June 27, 2012 - 6:00 PM 
    Location TBD
    Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • June 28, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • July 10, 2012 - 6:30 PM
    Location TBD
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • July 11, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • July 24, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Welch, West Virginia
  • July 25, 2012 - 6:00 PM
    Location TBD
    Beckley, West Virginia

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977