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.

 Governors Tomblin and Kasich Announce Partnership to Help Dislocated RG Steel Workers

12/21/2012
Governors Earl Ray Tomblin and John Kasich announced today that West Virginia and Ohio, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, have developed a collaborative agreement to provide assistance with health insurance premium payments to dislocated RG Steel workers in Ohio.

On November 29, the Department of Labor awarded WorkForce West Virginia a $1.2 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Gap Filler Grant to assist 500 dislocated Ohio RG Steel workers with health insurance premium payments.

"With workers in both West Virginia and Ohio being affected by recent layoffs at RG Steel, I know we have families in both states struggling to make ends meet," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm truly grateful we have programs available to help our families afford their insurance premiums. And I'm honored West Virginia has this opportunity to help our neighbors, the State of Ohio, in assisting displaced workers there."

"Working together, our two states can provide this needed help to RG Steel families as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Gov. Kasich. "It's just commonsense and I applaud Governor Tomblin and his administration for working with our team to get this moving."

The NEG HCTC Program provides funding for 72.5 percent of individuals' monthly health insurance premium payments during the three month IRS-HCTC application approval process, thereby eliminating any gap or lapse in insurance coverage.
 
WorkForce West Virginia previously has received NEG grants and HCTC Gap Filler funds to assist dislocated West Virginia RG Steel workers with health insurance premium payments and has a history of administering NEG HCTC funds. For these reasons, it is in the best interest of the dislocated Ohio workers to have West Virginia administer the program.

WorkForce West Virginia is notifying RG Steel workers in West Virginia and Ohio who are eligible for these benefits. Individuals in either state can contact WorkForce West Virginia at 1-877-967-5498 for additional information.

Contact Information

WV Contact: Amy Shuler Goodwin; Ohio Contact: Rob Nichols
WV: 304-558-4977; Ohio: 330-760-7582