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.

 Highmark WV Pledges Funding for New Parkersburg Community Garden

7/9/2014

 

Parkersburg residents will soon have a multi-purpose community garden at Point Park Marketplace thanks to the city of Parkersburg, Downtown PKB, the Wood County Development Authority, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, which has pledged to fund the project. The city will handle construction. 

The purpose of the project is to provide a park-like atmosphere for people to work together, build community bonds, provide educational opportunities and grow fresh produce for participants, schools and local food banks. 

The garden will include 49 raised-bed plots - including five handicap-accessible beds. The garden will also include a fountain, sidewalks and 16-by-20 greenhouse to be used for educational projects. The greenhouse will be funded by a grant from the Highmark Foundation. The garden will be available for use for fall crops later this year and there is also plenty of room for future expansion, organizers say. 

"At Highmark West Virginia, our efforts to become a more sustainable company align with our corporate vision and values to improve the health of our customers and to improve the health of the communities we serve," said Fred Earley, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia president. "By funding this community garden, we are not only continuing our support for an enhanced and well-rounded experience in downtown Parkersburg, but are also providing a means for the members of our community to build better skills for healthy living. We're proud to be a part of it." 

"We want private citizens and private industry to get into agriculture and learn the trade, then move agriculture to a whole new level that West Virginia has never seen before," said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. "We import $7.3 billion worth of food into West Virginia and we only grow a half-billion. We have a tremendous opportunity to make up that difference. This is a great step in that direction and we appreciate Mayor Newell's leadership on this project."  

For more information, contact Jarrod Dean, WVDA Project Coordinator, 304-558-3200 or 304-633-6814.

Contact Information

Butch Antolini
 
bantolini@wvda.us