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 Executive Order Calling for Statewide Mine Safety Stand-Down

2/20/2013
Gov. Tomblin calls for statewide mine safety stand-down during press conference at the State Capitol.
Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office
Gov. Tomblin calls for statewide mine safety stand-down during press conference at the State Capitol.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued Executive Order 1-13 directing all operators, supervisors, miners, and other employees of the State's coal industry to engage in a safety stand-down and thoroughly review applicable health and safety laws and regulations, communication protocols, and any particularized safety issues apparent in their operations. 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.

"West Virginia's coal mining industry can thrive only if mining operations are conducted as safely as possible and in accordance with the mandatory health and safety laws and regulations aimed at preventing accidents. I'm asking all coal companies and their employees to take this safety check seriously- we need to do everything we can to ensure all of our coal miners are safe," Gov. Tomblin said.

Beginning today , and continuing until completed, the Director of the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training and his authorized representatives will deploy 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.

"We will immediately begin sending inspectors and supervisors into the field to assist in both our underground and surface mines to make sure all safety guidelines are being met," Eugene White, Director of Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training said.

Click here to review the Executive Order.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977