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 Presents Growing Healthy Community Grants

3/18/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced grant awards for eight projects totaling $77,800 for the Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program.

"From the establishment of walking trails, and community gardens to planning for a local, natural food store, the innovative projects awarded today focus on our communities' health while encouraging downtown economic development," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm thankful for the strong partnership between the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the West Virginia Development Office for continuing to make this grant program, and the projects it supports, possible."

The West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) administers the Growing Healthy Communities Program, with funding provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The program provides competitive grants for West Virginia Main Street and ON TRAC communities for activities that increase community health and wellness while also providing opportunities for downtown revitalization and development.

Projects awarded funding include:
  • Beverly ON TRAC: a $3,000 grant to develop a community garden with programs on harvesting and canning vegetables.
  • Kingwood Main Street: a $10,000 grant to enhance activities surrounding the farmers' market and developing a youth garden project.
  • Main Street Morgantown: a $14,500 grant to develop a culinary station at the Morgantown Marketplace Farmers' Market and to promote preparation of local produce at the market.
  • Main Street Ronceverte: a $10,000 grant to develop a community garden in what was the city swimming pool location.
  • Mannington Main Street: a $13,000 grant to add outdoor exercise equipment to a rail trail connector and develop a walking program.
  • Romney ON TRAC: a $14,000 grant to develop the Romney heritage and health walking tour.
  • Sutton ON TRAC: an $8,300 grant to develop existing and new walking trails to connect the downtown area with the trail along the river. The grant will also assist in promoting walking programs.
  • Wheeling ON TRAC: a $5,000 grant to develop a business plan for a community run year-round local and natural food store in downtown Wheeling.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977