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 and the Public Service Commission of W.Va. encourages citizens to call before you dig

4/4/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, issued a proclamation today announcing April as Safe Digging Month in the state, and encourages citizens to call "811" before starting a digging project.

"From outdoor home improvement projects to large scale construction, this month marks the traditional start of digging season and protecting yourself and your communities is as simple as picking up the phone," Gov. Tomblin said. "By calling 811, homeowners and professionals are making an important safety decision."

A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide and one-third of these accidents are caused by failure of the professional excavator or homeowner to contact "811" before beginning their project. Striking a single pipeline, wire or cable can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to WV 811, from installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree.

"We join Governor Tomblin in strongly encouraging individuals and companies to call West Virginia 811 before they begin their spring digging projects," said Public Service Commission Chairman Michael Albert. "By having underground lines marked, homeowners are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected."

When calling "811," homeowners and contractors are connected to WV 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags and paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

To know what's below, call "811" or 800-245-4848. More information is available at www.psc.state.wv.us or www.wv811.com.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Martina Johnson
304-558-4977 or 304-340-0836