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 Three Bills During Visit to Eastern Panhandle

5/8/2013
Berkeley Heights Elementary School students welcome Gov. Tomblin during his visit to the Eastern Panhandle to sign Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act
Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor
Berkeley Heights Elementary School students welcome Gov. Tomblin during his visit to the Eastern Panhandle to sign Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Senator Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, signed Senate Bill 663 known as Feed to Achieve Act, Senate Bill 103 known as Commuter Rail Access Act, and Senate Bill 596 which relates to grant awards for Chesapeake Bay and Greenbrier River Watersheds, during a visit to the Eastern Panhandle.

Gov. Tomblin joined Berkeley Heights Elementary students during their lunch to sign Feed to Achieve Act legislation.

"I want to thank Senator Unger for sponsoring the legislation because while many kids across the state receive free breakfast and lunch through established programs, there are thousands more who do not," Gov. Tomblin said. "In fact, more than 20 percent of our kids who qualify for these programs skip the meal opportunity. Through the Feed to Achieve Act, which encourages private investment into our schools' nutritional programs, we're ensuring our children receive the nutritious food they need in order to be prepared to learn."

"The Feed to Achieve Act is an important step forward in education reform to ensure that all students have their stomachs filled, so that the teachers can effectively fill their minds. No child should go hungry. This bill empowers communities and gives them the tools necessary to ensure that no child in West Virginia goes hungry," said Senate Majority Leader John Unger, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty.

Gov. Tomblin traveled to Caperton Station in Martinsburg to sign both S.B. 103 and S.B. 596 where he was joined by city leaders and Sen. Snyder.

"I want to thank Senator Snyder for helping support our hardworking families. The Commuter Rail Access Act is an important step toward securing railroad service at a reasonable cost for the many hard-working commuters who rely on this line of transportation," Gov. Tomblin said.

"The Commuter Rail Access Act will ensure the long-term future of the MARC train service in the Eastern Panhandle. I look forward to working with Governor Tomblin in crafting an interstate agreement with Maryland that will be beneficial to both states," said Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, Herb Snyder.

The governor also signed S.B. 596 which aims to preserve and improve the environment and aquatic life by supporting the Chesapeake Bay and Greenbrier River watersheds.

"This bill will help these watersheds receive funding for their conservation efforts," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm thankful for all of those who roll up their sleeves and get the job done so our children can continue to enjoy the beauty of the Mountain State for years to come."

S.B. 596 requires the Water Development Authority to re-examine the grant process and award monies in proportion to the total cost among all applicants who qualify.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977