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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 and Fitness Icon Jake Steinfeld Announce Winners of National Champion Schools Campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld today announced the winners of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils' National Champion Schools campaign-Stratton Elementary School in Beckley, Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling and Southside K-8 in War. These winning schools will receive a Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center to be installed this summer and dedicated in the fall.

"Partnering with Jake and the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils provided our schools the opportunity to embrace the benefits of physical fitness," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm proud of all of the schools that applied and called attention to the benefits of being physically fit-describing how their current programs positively affect our children's health and academic performance. I'm especially pleased to congratulate Stratton Elementary School, Bridge Street Middle School, and Southside K-8."

"What a great achievement for these three schools. They've worked hard to bring innovative fitness ideas to their students and it's paid off. Because of their efforts, I'm pleased to award each of these schools with a new Live Positively Fitness Center that will allow all of their students the opportunity to add physical fitness activities into their daily routine and put them on the road to being fit and healthy," said Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. "I've always said that academics and fitness go hand in and hand and believe that if you provide the schools with the tools, students will excel beyond their wildest dreams. Not only will these students be healthier, but they'll also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success."

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism and fosters better interpersonal relationships.
The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils program plans to bring its challenge to all 50 states in the coming years. An attractive and unique feature of this campaign is that the Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships.

For more information about the National Foundation, visit www.nationalgovcouncil.org.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Bill Bradley
304-558-4977 or 916-213-5230