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.

 Nascio Selects WV Office Of Technology As Finalist In 2009 Recognition Award For Outstanding Achievement In State IT

8/20/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va.Department of Administration officials announced today that the West Virginia Office of Technology was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology (IT) in State Government, sponsored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). This year’s high quality of nominations show that states continue to innovate and achieve great results, despite the difficult economic climate, according to a prepared release by the NASCIO.

The Office of Technology is a finalist in the Enterprise IT Management Initiatives category, where it is being recognized for its information technology consolidation program.

Upon taking office, one of the primary goals of Gov. Joe Manchin III was to eliminate duplications, streamline business processes and reduce administrative operating costs. Technology was specifically an area of concern.

Prior to the Manchin administration, Information Technology costs and staffing levels were growing at a pace that could not be sustained. Additionally, executive branch departments were experiencing significant issues exchanging information due to the lack of IT standards.

To resolve the issue, West Virginia initiated a project to consolidate IT-related resources (people, hardware, software and services) into a newly formed organization, the Office of Technology. Since February of 2007, all executive branch classified civil service agencies have been consolidated except for one agency, which is scheduled for consolidation later this year. 

“The results have been significant thus far,” said Kyle Schafer, Chief Technology Officer for the state of West Virginia. “When IT hardware, software and services associated with IT staffing are combined, West Virginia has achieved annual savings of approximately $12.9 million. Approximately $9.5 million of these savings return directly to the agencies supported by the Office of Technology, with the remaining $3.4 million being used to fund IT capital improvements. As standardization and centralization continue, the savings are expected to continue.”

The other two finalists in the Enterprise IT Management Initiatives category are the states of Pennsylvania and Texas. The award recipient will be announced at the State Dinner and Award Presentation at NASCIO’s Annual Conference on October 26, 2009, in Austin, Texas. This year marks the 21st year NASCIO has been recognizing IT projects in state govenments.

Contact Information

Diane Holley
304-558-0661