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 Outlines Future Action on BTOP Project

2/28/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced actions the State will take on recommendations and requests made by the United States Inspector General for the United States Department of Commerce as well as the recommendations made by the West Virginia Legislative Auditor on the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program ("BTOP") grant received by the State in 2010.

"It is apparent that the BTOP Grant Team, established in 2010, had noble intentions, appropriate dreams, and a good plan to unleash West Virginia's potential through the use of enhanced broadband capabilities," said Gov. Tomblin. "Many of those goals are being accomplished and many goals will be improved upon as we put in place the framework for an exciting future for West Virginia."

"The audits have raised concerns that we must address. Every West Virginian needs to know that if something needs improved, we, as public officials, will identify the issues and fix them," continued Gov. Tomblin. "We will work to make sure that the West Virginia BTOP Grant is a complete success for West Virginia."

Gov. Tomblin announced today that the State will re-analyze the deployment of routers to our Community Anchor Institutions ("CAIs") through a site analysis, to be conducted over the next thirty days. Depending on the results of the site analysis, the State will be prepared to propose options for redeployment of inappropriately placed routers and deployment of more appropriately sized routers. Both Cisco and the NTIA have indicated that they will work with the State to address router deployment issues.

In addition, the State is committed to addressing other issues identified, including executing agreements with each CAI, enhancing the State's router tracking system; and working with the Legislature on purchasing policies and procedures.

Additionally the Governor will begin a new outreach effort to all CAI's to ensure full utilization of router capability, including the creation of a Broadband Task Force to focus on developments at the CAIs and report back to the Legislature and the Governor by January 1, 2014 on all activities of CAIs.

As part of this path forward, we are pleased that Cisco has agreed, at no cost to the State, to extend the five year warranty of all routers for the next three years, to exchange or accept returns of routers that don't fit future goals of our CAIs, and to participate in a statewide task force designed to create a strategic plan for the future of broadband capabilities in West Virginia.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977