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 Encourges Safety First

8/9/2012
In nearly every manufacturing plant hangs a simple sign with a big message: "Safety begins here. This plant has worked __ days without an accident." While the sign's wording differs from shop to shop, the message is always the same: safety first.

At Murray Sheet Metal Company in Parkersburg, the signs hanging above the fabrication floor and outside the building indicate that the staff has worked more than 1,155 days injury free. That's more than three straight years without an incident. This is a monumental achievement, one especially deserving of praise because, at Murray, the safety record includes the travel and off-site work of roofers, heating and air conditioning technicians, and sheet metal crews. These employees must communicate with the home office throughout the workday as they travel our roadways and service customers in new environments with circumstances beyond their control. When the distracted driving law passed and I signed it into law, Murray's leadership began to research different hands-free devices so they'd be ready by July 1st.

With the help of their cell phone provider, each of Murray's fleet vehicles has been equipped with a portable device that fits on the driver's visor- even working with an older vehicle's speaker system. Employees have also been provided Bluetooth devices. As Karen Henline, the office manager at Murray Sheet Metal Company, recently said the comfort of each employee is paramount to complying with the law and remaining safe.

"We have to be in contact with our employees on the road and our protocol is that if at any time a call, text or voice message is received and you happen to be without a hands-free device, you are to stop and pull over safely to answer the call. We make it go both ways, if we have to call someone on the road, we ask them if they are hands-free and remind them to pull over and talk, if needed. We feel that until everyone is used to it, we can all help each other. All of our employees are important to us and we value their safety above all else. It is something we talk about daily with all of our employees."

I encourage all West Virginias to treat their cell phone safety usage just as our manufacturers approach their daily work: one day at a time and safety first, always. Please take my Safe Driver's Pledge at www.governor.wv.gov.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977