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 Jason Flatt Act to Prevent Teen Suicide

3/13/2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Tomblin today signed the Jason Flatt Act of 2012, Senate Bill 221, at a Morgantown High School student assembly. The Act takes steps to prevent teenage suicide in West Virginia. Gov. Tomblin spoke to Morgantown students and teachers about the tragedy of youth suicide and the importance of recognizing and reacting to suicide warning signs.

The Jason Flatt Act is named in honor of the late Jason Flatt, who took his own life in 1997 at age 16. After Jason's death, his family created the Jason Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preventing youth suicide. The Foundation has developed a curriculum for students and informational seminars for parents and teachers.

"I want to commend Mr. Flatt and our state legislators for taking action to save young people," Gov. Tomblin said. "Every week in America, more than 100 teenagers take their own lives, leaving family and friends grief-stricken and wondering what signs they missed. With the help of the Jason Foundation, West Virginia students and school personnel will learn to recognize the often subtle clues that a teenager is in distress and take action before tragedy strikes."

Clark Flatt, Jason's father, joined Gov. Tomblin for the bill signing. "I am so proud that West Virginia has helped take the lead in youth suicide awareness and prevention by passing this important legislation, the Jason Flatt Act," said Mr. Flatt. "Through the leadership of the Legislature and Governor Tomblin, there is no doubt in my mind that this action will save young lives."

The Act requires the West Virginia Center for Professional Development to provide training resources on suicide prevention for all West Virginia school faculty and staff.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977