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 Presents 2012 Governor's Cup Real World Design Challenge Award


Gov. Tomblin presents Cabell-Midland High School's Aether Aeronauts Team with the 2012 Governor's Cup Real World Design Challenge Award.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today recognized Cabell Midland High School's Aether Aeronauts team for earning first place in the 2012 Governor's Cup Real World Design Challenge. This is the school's third consecutive year to take home the trophy.

"I am extremely proud of these up and coming students of science and technology," Gov. Tomblin said. "The Aether Aeronauts team's design demonstrates these young minds have mastered the science, technology, engineering and math skills necessary for tomorrow's workforce in advanced industries. I wish them the best of luck as they compete for the national title."

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce in our nation. This year's challenge was to design an efficient, low-carbon-emission and environmentally friendly personal light sport aircraft. The Aether Aeronauts and their coach Jenny Nash will travel to Washington D.C. later this month to present their design to a panel of judges and experts from the aerospace and defense fields. Aether Aeronauts team members include Andy Thomas, Cody Legge, McKinley Conrad, Daniel Crow, Michael Kuhn, Austin Davis and Chase Parsons.

NASA Independent Verification and Validation Educator Resource Center coordinates the Real World Design Challenge in West Virginia in cooperation with the Mid Atlantic Aerospace Complex, TASC Inc., the June Harless Center at Marshall University, the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratories, West Virginia University and the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute.

"In the three years, West Virginia has been participating in the Real World Design Challenge, I have witnessed tremendous personal growth in all our teams as they progressed through the competition. Several of the judges, including Dr. Don Ferguson of the National Energy Technology Laboratories, have commented to me that the quality and rigor of the analysis by our second and third year teams is at or above college engineering levels. I am confident the Challenge is improving STEM interest and aptitude along with enabling these exceptional students an opportunity to prove that they are not only some of our brightest in West Virginia, but in the nation," said Todd Ensign, NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility, Real World Design Challenge WV Coordinator.

The Challenge is free to teachers and students. Each participating team receives $1 million in professional engineering software, gains access to professional engineering mentors, in addition to receiving free training and free high-powered laptop computers.

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