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.

 Gov. Tomblin Announces the Appointment of Speaker Rick Thompson as Cabinet Secretary of the W.Va. Dept. of Veterans Assistance

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Speaker Rick Thompson as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. The appointment will be effective following the retirement of Secretary Keith Gwinn.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Gwinn, our first Secretary of The Department of Veterans Assistance, for his service to our state and his enthusiastic commitment to our veterans," Gov. Tomblin said. "Secretary Gwinn accomplished much during his tenure, including his role in helping to secure the largest federal grant for a state veteran's cemetery. I'm truly grateful for his service."

Secretary Gwinn will step down mid-June due to health concerns, and Speaker Thompson's appointment will be effective upon Secretary Gwinn's retirement.

"I'm pleased Speaker Thompson has accepted this opportunity to serve our state's veterans. Throughout the years, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the people of our state, especially our veterans. This past session Speaker Thompson pushed legislation, which will provide advocates for our veteran students. He also worked to ensure policies are put into place to make sure our veterans are provided flexibility to complete their courses following a call to active duty."

Thompson began his career in public service as a member of the U.S. Army-serving on active duty from 1972 through 1974 and serving on standby reserves from 1974 through 1978. He was honorably discharged 1978. During his military career, he served as an MP. Thompson was elected to the State Legislature in 2000 and has served as Speaker of the House since 2007. Thompson is a life member of American Legion Post 93, in Kenova, W.Va.

"I've enjoyed serving our state as a legislator and as Speaker of the House. Throughout my years in public service, I've championed for our veterans-supporting a number of bills that honor and further assist these brave men and women," Speaker Thompson said. "I look forward to working with the staff at our state's veterans' facilities, collaborating with our many veterans organizations across the state as well as ensuring we continue to provide support to the men and women who have served our state and nation. Our state's veterans exemplify our proud history of service and I'm honored for this opportunity to serve them."

"The pleasure I experienced from serving my state and nation in the U. S. Navy has only been matched by the pleasure of serving my fellow veterans as Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance," Secretary Gwinn said. "It has been an honor to work alongside some of our state's most patriotic individuals and a blessing to touch the lives of so many military heroes. By working together we have accomplished a great deal, yet there is always more than can be done. I regret that my health inhibits me from continuing my service as Cabinet Secretary, but I am confident that if our citizens, communities, and leaders remain committed to veterans and their families, West Virginia will always be the most patriotic state in the nation."

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Amy Shuler Goodwin