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 Sets Record Export Growth for 3rd Consecutive Year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced for the third consecutive year West Virginia exports reached a record level, in 2012. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce show the state's exports grew from $9 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion in 2012.West Virginia companies exported to 136 countries in 2012.

"Last year, West Virginia's exports grew by 25 percent, surpassing the national growth rate of 4.6 percent," said Gov. Tomblin. "Exports are a valuable contributor to our state's economic growth and stability. While coal continues to be our traditional strength, our top exports also included manufactured products such as plastics, chemicals, machinery and components for medical, automotive and aerospace applications."

Coal exports grew 40 percent, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012. West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012. The top markets for West Virginia coal with the largest growth were Japan (growing from $29 million in 2011 to $395 million in 2012) and China (growing from $93 million in 2011 to $567 million in 2012).

Country  W.Va. Coal Exports (2012) 
 Netherlands  $801 million
 Italy  $698 million
 India  $689 million
 China  $567 million
 Brazil  $558 million
 South Korea  $520 million
 United Kingdom  $457 million
 Turkey  $403 million
 Japan  $395 million
 France  $383 million

Plastics, the state's second largest product sector, reached the $1 billion level for the second year in a row. Products from manufacturing sectors grew from $3.5 billion to a record $3.67 billion.
Products Value of W.Va. exports (2012)

 Products   Value of W.Va. exports (2012)
 Plastics  $1 billion
 Machinery  $834 million
 Chemicals  $426 million
 Aerospace components  $283 million
 Medical devices/products  $271 million
 Automotive components  $168 million
 Aluminum  $119 million
 Wood products  $90 million
 Electrical machinery   $75 million
 Rubber products  $64 million

West Virginia's top 10 markets for non-coal exports are:
Country Value of WV non-coal exports (2012)

 Country  Value of WV non-coal exports (2012)
 Canada  $1.3 billion
 China  $370 million
 Japan  $352 million
 Belgium  $204 million
 Germany  $173 million
 Mexico  $152 million
 Netherlands  $127 million
 Brazil  $124 million
 South Korea  $86 million
 United Kingdom  $83 million

The International Division of the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) offers export promotion services to small and medium-sized businesses. For information on WVDO trade shows, trade missions and other services, visit www.worldtradewv.com.

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Amy Shuler Goodwin