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 Introduction of W.Va. Statehood Commemorative Stamp

5/30/2013
WV Statehood Commemorative StampCHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the introduction of a new United States Postal Service stamp commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday. Thomas J. Marshall, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for the Postal Service, will join the governor on the Capitol steps to dedicate the stamp during the official Sesquicentennial Ceremony June 20 at 1:50 p.m. Stamps will be available for purchase and cancellation following the ceremony.
 
"I'm very excited about this new stamp celebrating our state's sesquicentennial. The stamp is a beautiful depiction of our majestic mountains and forests---a little slice of 'Almost Heaven.' I can't think of a better way to mark West Virginia's 150th birthday," Gov. Tomblin said. "This is a momentous occasion for our state, and I'm honored that the Postal Service has partnered with us to commemorate it."

The West Virginia Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp and will go on sale, nationwide, June 20, 2013. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

The photograph featured on the stamp was taken by Roger Spencer, a lifelong West Virginian, as he traveled the Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150) in Pocahontas County, in the Monongahela National Forest. Spencer took the photo in October 2008.

Spencer believes a successful photograph should produce an emotional response that recreates the experience the photographer had while creating it.

"This image," Spencer said, "evokes the serenity one feels when standing atop one of our mountains, breathing in the clean, refreshing, mountain air of a cool October morning, and viewing the landscape bathed in the surreal glow of the misty, early morning light." Spencer adds that for many West Virginians, a breathtaking panoramic view truly exemplifies their home state. "Any image representing West Virginia must include our beloved mountains, from which our state gets its nickname, 'The Mountain State,'" he explains. "Our state slogan, 'Wild and Wonderful,' is also embodied in this image of our rugged mountains and valleys."

The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will kick off the four-day birthday celebration at the State Capitol. To learn more about the Capitol celebration or to find a celebration in your community, visit: www.wv150.com.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977