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 Establishes Commission to Help Military Spouses

4/11/2013
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Military spouses, several members of the newly established Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin joined Gov. Tomblin as he signed Executive Order 4-13, announcing the establishment of the Commission.
Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office
Military spouses, several members of the newly established Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin joined Gov. Tomblin as he signed Executive Order 4-13, announcing the establishment of the Commission.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and military spouses, today signed Executive Order 4-13 and announced the establishment the Governor's Commission on Military Spousal Licensure. Gov. Tomblin noted military families move across state lines more often than civilians, which presents licensing challenges to military spouses whose professions require certain state licenses or certificates.

"Although the State of West Virginia maintains licensing and certification requirements to ensure the safety of our citizens, the lack of licensing reciprocity and transferability between states can create an unfair barrier to military spouses' in pursuit of their career goals," Gov. Tomblin said. "It is my hope, through the Commission, we will discover new and innovative ways for our state to better assist military families moving to West Virginia with professional licensure and certification requirements-providing commonsense, efficient government services to those who have given so much of themselves for our state and nation."

"Due to the volunteer nature of our military, the sacrifices these families make for our state and country and the fact that they help us to maintain the readiness of our military, we must make it our duty to do everything in our power to ensure that military spouses are supported in every way possible," First Lady Tomblin added. "It is my hope that the Commission on Military Spousal Licensure will help us to continue to serve those who serve us."

The eleven-member commission will be chaired by First Lady Tomblin and be comprised of two representatives from the governor's office, the Adjutant General of West Virginia or his designee, and seven citizen members, appointed by the governor, to include: three military spouses working in a profession that requires a license or certificate as well as four individuals representing a profession that requires a license or certificate in the State of West Virginia.

The commission will evaluate potential best practices to facilitate license reciprocity and portability for military spouses, including licensure by endorsement, temporary or provisional licensing, and expedited application processes. The commission will submit their recommendations, including potential legislation, by Dec. 15, 2013.

To read Executive Order 4-13 click here.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977