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 Appoints Karen Bowling as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Karen Bowling as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Human resources, effective, July 1, 2013.

"I'm pleased Karen has accepted this opportunity to serve the people of our state," Gov. Tomblin said. "Karen's commitment to the health and wellbeing of her community has been evident throughout her career and her community involvement-including her volunteer work as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the W.Va. Health Right Clinic."

Bowling has served in a number of capacities throughout her career, ranging from healthcare administrator to nurse practitioner. She has also served in leadership roles with the W.Va. Hospital Association and other community organizations.

Bowling was born and raised in Wyoming County. She was the first in her family to graduate from college-receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing from Bluefield State College in 1977, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 1983, and a Master of Science in Primary Healthcare / Nursing from West Virginia University in 1990. Bowling is currently working toward her PhD in Education from Capella University.

Bowling currently resides in Beckley, W.Va.

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