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 Reestablishes the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued Executive Order 3-13, reestablishing and reconstituting the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council. This order is the 2nd of 3 to be issued regarding the Gov. Tomblin's comprehensive plan to raise student achievement.

"For our children's future and that of our state economy, we must ensure our high school graduates are ready to either enter the workforce upon graduation, or make a seamless transition into college or vocational school," Gov. Tomblin said. "To meet these goals, we must align classroom learning with specific workplace needs; incorporate occupational training; and life skills into curriculum. Through this council, we can meet the needs of business and industry today and tomorrow, while also ensuring our children are prepared to lead successful careers."

The governor's executive order reestablishes the 7-member council comprised of the governor or his designee, The Chancellor of the Council for Community and Technical College Education, The Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, The Secretary of Education and the Arts, The Executive Director of Workforce West Virginia, The Director of the West Virginia Development Office, and State Superintendent of Schools James Phares or his designee.

The Council is tasked with coordinating initiatives, leveraging resources, and planning for the delivery of a comprehensive workforce strategy that ensures an integrated and strategic approach in meeting the educational and training needs of West Virginia's employers and students, and enhancing the economic development efforts of the state. The Council will report to the governor and the Legislature on its activities by December 1 of each year.

Executive Order 3-13 also rescinds previous executive orders in an effort to streamline and coordinate job development efforts. To read the executive order click here. As part of the governor's comprehensive education reform plan, an executive order was earlier issued which established the Governor's Commission on Middle Grades. The Commission is focused on raising student achievement on the middle school level.

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