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 Encourages Schools to Apply for National Champion School Designation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginia public elementary and middle schools to apply for the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council's Fitness Center Grant as part of the youth fitness campaign announced earlier this month. The Foundation will select three schools to be named National Champion Schools and receive a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center.

"In the past weeks, we've spent a lot of time talking about how we can provide our kids the best education possible and better prepare them for their futures. Although we've focused our attention on building strong minds, it is just as important they understand the importance of a strong body," Gov. Tomblin said. "I partnered with Jake Steinfeld on the National Champion Schools campaign because I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our schools to promote fitness and encourage our kids to be active."

"Our children's future success depends not only on their academic achievement but also on their health and well-being," said State Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "The fact is the more health risks children face, the less likely they are to succeed in school. Any opportunity to bolster fitness programs in West Virginia schools is encouraged and embraced."

Nominations must be received by the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils by May 3, 2013. To download the nomination form, click here. Completed forms can be emailed to nominations@nationalgovcouncil.org or mailed to: National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, 1416 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97211.

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