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 Provides Update on Call for Mine Safety Stand-Down

3/1/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today provided an update regarding Executive Order 1-13 which mandated a statewide mine safety stand-down.

"I appreciate our coal companies and their employees reinforcing their commitment to safety during the mine safety stand-down," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm also grateful for the men and women of the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training. They've worked hard and participated in safety discussions with operators and miners throughout our state, in an effort to improve mine safety."

More than 90 percent of the state's underground and surface mines, as well as preparation plants, have been visited by Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training personnel-including its director, administrators and inspectors. The safety review of approximately 500 operations throughout the state is expected to be completed early next week.

Eugene White, Director of the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training said, "I thank everyone involved for their complete cooperation during the mine safety stand-down. Coal companies and coal miners must put safety first, and I think this effort helped remind them of that."

The decision to call for a mine safety stand-down was made in response to the sixth fatal mining accident in West Virginia since last November. In accordance with the executive order issued February 20, 2013, Gov. Tomblin asked all mining companies and their employees to stand-down for at least a one hour to thoroughly review their safety procedures. In addition, the Director of the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training and his authorized representatives are in the process of deploying to all coal mining operations in the state to advise and assist operators in conducting additional safety reviews aimed at preventing future injuries and accidents.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977