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 State Spending Reductions

3/19/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced steps to reduce state spending in response to slowing General Revenue Fund tax collections. Effective immediately, all agencies within the Executive Branch will implement a temporary hiring restriction on General Revenue funded positions.

"Throughout my public service career, I have adamantly advocated for and implemented plans to promote fiscal responsibility," Gov. Tomblin said. "While we have fared better than most states in recent years, our nation's economic challenges continue to impact our state's revenue collections. The plan I'm implementing ensures key government services will continue to be provided to our people, and necessary employment positions to deliver those services will be filled. This will help us ensure our financial house will remain in order at fiscal year end."

Through the end of February, the State's General Revenue tax collections were $35 million below budget forecast and the slowdown in collections is expected to continue. The temporary hiring restriction of positions within the Executive Branch is effective immediately and will remain in effect through June 30, 2013, unless rescinded or extended. General Revenue funded positions within the Executive Branch that are or become vacant will remain vacant unless otherwise approved by the Office of the Governor. This action will not result in any furloughs or layoffs. Positions funded by special revenue sources do not fall within this hiring restriction.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977