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 Invites Students to Enter State's 150th Birthday Art Contest

West Virginia - Celebrating Our 150th BirthdayCHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today invited students to enter a statewide art contest in celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday. Winning artwork will be featured during West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol, June 20-23 2013. The contest, organized by the Department of Commerce, is open to all school-aged children, kindergarten through 12th grade.

"This contest provides our students a wonderful opportunity to creatively celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday through the expression of traditional and modern-day, multi-media art," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "I look forward to seeing their artwork during the birthday celebration at the State Capitol in June."

Participants will be divided into three different groups. Those in grades K-5 will create a birthday card for West Virginia's sesquicentennial birthday. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will create two minute videos wishing West Virginia a Happy 150th Birthday. Themes for the videos are "Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia - What Makes West Virginia Unique" and "What Makes West Virginia Special?" Winning artists will receive Kindles, and the winning student's classroom will receive gift cards will for art supplies.

Applications and information about the contest is available online at www.wvcommerce.org/art150. Entries will be accepted through May 15, 2013.

For more information on West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the Capitol or to find a celebration in your community, please visit: www.wv150.com.

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Amy Shuler Goodwin