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 Landmark Education Reform Bill into Law

4/10/2013
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Legislators, education advocates, as well as business and labor leaders join Gov. Tomblin as he signs SB 359.
Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office
Legislators, education advocates, as well as business and labor leaders join Gov. Tomblin as he signs SB 359.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined legislators, education advocates, as well as business and labor leaders to sign the landmark education reform bill, Senate Bill 359, into law.

"This landmark legislation will make a difference in classrooms across our state, and more importantly, in the lives of our state's children," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm truly grateful for every West Virginian who participated in the community forums and worked with our legislators to make sure our kids receive the best education possible. I believe, through our continued collaboration, we can help prepare our kids for future opportunities and ensure a brighter future for the State of West Virginia."

Senate Bill 359 will raise student achievement by:
  • Giving local school boards more flexibility to develop a school calendar that works for their communities and ensures students receive 180 instructional days in the classroom.
  • Providing an optional full day, five days per week four-year-old preschool program in every county.
  • Ensuring all children read on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.
  • Making sure our high school graduates are ready to either enter the workforce or make a seamless transition into college or vocational school.
  • Changing how we measure the success of our schools to include AP classes and graduation rates among other measurements.
  • Empowering our teachers to participate in the hiring process as well as in determining the professional development needed.

In addition to SB 359, Gov. Tomblin is working with the State Board of Education to bring more technology and digital learning to the classroom. The governor has also issued two executive orders related to student achievement. The newly established, Governor's Commission on Middle Grades, will work to better meet the needs of our middle school students. And just last week, the governor re-established the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council to better align classroom learning with workplace needs.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977