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 Announces State Historic Preservation Grant Recipients

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented State Historic Preservation Office grants including a second round of development grant funds for nine projects totaling $228,479, as well as survey and planning grant funds for eight projects totaling an additional $107,600.

"As we begin to commemorate our 150th anniversary of statehood, we are reminded of the importance our historic places," Gov. Tomblin said. "Each project awarded today aims to keep our history alive for future generations and I'm pleased to be able to offer this support."

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History administers the development grant program, as well as the survey and planning grant program. The development grant funds are for projects involving the restoration; rehabilitation; or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The survey and planning grants are for projects involving architectural and archaeological surveys; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; heritage education programs relating to preservation activities; pre-development activities; and comprehensive planning documents.

The SHPO made recommendations to the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations. Funding for the development grants come from the appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature. Survey and planning grant funds are appropriated by the U.S. Congress for preservation efforts through the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund. Recipients include:

Historic Preservation Second Round of Development Grant Recipients for 2013

Marshall County Historical Society

To replace the electrical system in the Cockayne Farmstead in Moundsville, W.Va.

Near Earth Object Foundation

To assist with repair/replacement of trusses and roof on the Historic Second Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, W.Va.

General Corporation

To assist with roof repair and painting of gutters, soffits, downspouts and window trim on Station Place in Charleston, W.Va.

Teresa Evans

To assist with roof replacement, repair of parapet walls and repair of tile coping on 713 Lee Street in Charleston, W.Va.

Lex DeGruyl

To assist with replacing roof on P.J. Berry's Restaurant in Sutton, W.Va.

Wheeling-Ohio County Convention & Visitors Bureau

To assist with the window repair on the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, W.Va.

Fayette County Board of Education

To assist with replacing the roof on the Fayetteville Elementary in Fayetteville, W.Va.

Kristoffy Real Estate, LLC

To assist with repair to bay windows on The Cornelia in Wheeling W.Va.


To assist with replacing windows and two exterior fire exit doors on 205 Fairmont Avenue in Fairmont, W.Va.

Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grant Recipients for 2013

Greenbrier County Historic Landmark Commission

To conduct Phase IV of the Greenbrier County Architectural Survey.

City of Charleston/Charleston Historic Landmark Commission

To conduct an intensive-level architectural and history survey of areas in Charleston known as East End North.

Greenbrier Historic Landmark Commission
To prepare a predevelopment document for the Blue Sulphur Spring House.

Fairmont Historic Preservation Review Commission
To prepare design review guidelines for the downtown Fairmont historic district.

City of Weirton

To prepare a report on the financial feasibility of restoring and operating the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool.

Ronceverte Historic Landmark Commission

To prepare an engineering study and assessment on the structural integrity of the Shanklin Grand Theater.

Hampshire County Commission

To prepare National Register nominations for four potential projects.

Larry Rowe

To update and publish 12,000 copies of the Old Malden Walking Tour brochure.

For more information about the historic preservation development or survey and planning grants or a complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria, visit the Division's website at www.wvculture.org/shpo, or contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 720 or email pam.a.brooks@wv.gov.  

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