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 honors Main Street and ON TRAC communities

Charleston, W.Va. – Communities across the state received honors and awards during the Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC Reception and Awards Program. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Main Street West Virginia in hosting the annual event June 27, 5 p.m. at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston.

The awards program recognized the achievements of the state’s 12 accredited Main Street communities and 16 ON TRAC (Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity) communities.

The state’s accredited Main Street communities are Charleston East End and Charleston West Side, both of Kanawha County; Fairmont and Mannington, both of Marion County; Kingwood, Preston County; Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Morgantown, Monongalia County; Philippi, Barbour County; Point Pleasant, Mason County; Ripley, Jackson County; and Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs, both of Greenbrier County.

Main Street West Virginia, a program of the West Virginia Development Office, focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts by providing technical services, design assistance, and continuous training of board/committee members and program managers using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The Four-Point Approach® includes comprehensive work in organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

The participating ON TRAC communities are Belington, Barbour County; Beverly and Elkins, both of Randolph County; Charles Town, Jefferson County; Madison, Boone County; Matewan, Mingo County; Mount Hope and Oak Hill, Fayette County; Parkersburg, Wood County; Parsons, Tucker County; Romney, Hampshire County; Rowlesburg, Preston County; Shinnston, Harrison County; Sistersville, Tyler County; Sutton, Braxton County; and Wheeling, Ohio County.

Created by Main Street West Virginia, ON TRAC is designed to help communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education, capacity building and networking.

Following is the list of the evening’s award winners:

Main Street West Virginia
Large Communities
  • First Place Charleston East End Phase II of the “Third Place” project-The East End Retail Expansion-Open-Air Artisan and Retail Market.
  • Second Place Martinsburg Burke Street Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station project to install an electric vehicle charging station in the East Burke Street parking lot.
  • Third Place Morgantown Implementation of Section 6-City of Morgantown’s Downtown Strategic Plan-”Strengthening downtown’s economic performances and diversify its economic uses.”

Small Communities

  • First Place Mannington “The Local-Motive Project” is a three-phase project to ensure local entrepreneurs are on the “right track” in creating their dream business.
  • Second Place Ronceverte “Spark” Solar Powered Automobile Recharging Kiosk, a demonstration project that will showcase the start of the Eco District.
  • Third Place Philippi “Philippi and Media” uses diversified media outlets to aid in economic development.

Also awarded during the evening were the continuing educational awards to the following Main Street Communities: Charleston East End; Charleston West Side; Fairmont; Kingwood; Mannington; Martinsburg; Morgantown; Philippi; Point Pleasant; Ripley; Ronceverte.

ON TRAC Award Projects – 2012

To support event promotion publication costs for materials to be distributed within a 50-mile radius of Beverly. Will also help cover social media subscriptions and costs.

Charles Town
To support the continuation of the Charles Town Downtown Concert Series. This event is important for the downtown merchants and bringing customers into town.

To support the creation of an information packet of available downtown properties for sale or rent.

To support construction of a pavilion in the downtown park.

To support developing a program to encourage local artists, businesses and non-profit organizations to use vacant storefront windows.

To support the purchase of wayfinding signage.

To support the development of a self-sustaining year round co-op focused on regional/state heritage craftsmanship and promotion of agribusiness/farm products.

To support the purchase and installation of a large message center on Main Street.

To support the purchase of wayfinding signage.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi