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.

 Marketing and business workshops for woodworking companies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two workshops are scheduled for Nov. 8-10, 2011, at the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Princeton, W.Va. A one-day workshop on Nov. 8 will focus on business strategies for manufacturers of cabinets, furniture and millwork. Topics will address products, pricing, competitors, inventory management and marketing targets. The fee for this workshop is $35 per person and lunch is included.

The second workshop, a two-day event from Nov. 9-10, will focus on profitably drying small quantities of lumber. Topics for this workshop include discussion of drying yard practices, different types of kilns, moisture relationships, drying schedules and avoiding stain and degradation. The fee for the two-day workshop is $75 per person and also includes lunch.

To register for either or both workshops, contact Joe Denig at 919-515-5582 or joe_denig@ncsu.edu.

Harry Watt, a business improvement specialist in the Wood Products Extension office of North Carolina State University, will conduct the workshops. These workshops are part of a WERC grant that targets wood products companies in the Charleston, W.Va. area.

For more information, visit the Division of Forestry’s website at www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist
304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102