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 Signs Bill to Ban Texting and Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

4/3/2012
INWOOD, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today traveled the state to discuss his new legislation banning texting and handheld cellphone use while driving. The Governor spoke to high school students in Inwood and Bridgeport about the bill and encouraged them to sign his new safe driver pledge. Governor Tomblin signed the pledge himself, committing to use only hands-free devices while driving, and then unveiled a web page where all West Virginia drivers can make the same commitment.

"Both the bill and my safe driver pledge are about making our roads safer," Gov. Tomblin said. "I spoke with several heartbroken families today who lost loved ones in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, and I assured them I was doing everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. Unfortunately, cellphones cause a real distraction-a distraction we can't afford on our roadways."

Gov. Tomblin encourages all West Virginians to sign his safe driver pledge:

I pledge to put my safety and the safety of others first.
I will not text while I am driving b/c it cn w8.
I will always use a hands-free cellphone while driving because I am a responsible driver.
I will do my part in keeping our roadways safe
.

The safe driver pledge is available here and online at www.governor.wv.gov.

The legislation was created by Senate Bill 211. Effective July 1, 2012, texting while driving will be a primary driving offense and talking on a handheld cellphone will be a secondary offense. Effective July 1, 2013, talking on a handheld cellphone will become a primary offense.

"The operating mission statement of the West Virginia State Police stresses our commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for motorists traveling on the State's roadways. The recent passage of legislation pertaining to texting and cellular phone usage while driving a motor vehicle enhances our efforts to ensure such an environment," said West Virginia State Police Col. C. R. "Jay" Smithers. "Distracted driving increasingly seems to be the underlying cause of many traffic crashes, not only in West Virginia but throughout the country. This new law should be successful in preventing a great deal of loss to both property and human lives. I applaud Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the Legislature for their continued commitment to highway safety."

The Governor presented finger guards, which were supplied by AT&T and make it impossible to text when they are worn, to the superintendent and students at Musselman and Bridgeport high schools.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977