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.

 Thank You to our Foresters and First Responders

9/6/2013
A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

West Virginia foresters and firefighters take a break from battling the Emigrant wildfire in Montana.
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office
West Virginia foresters and firefighters take a break from battling the Emigrant wildfire in Montana.
Earlier this week, one special group of West Virginians returned to the Mountain State after a 14-day tour of duty fighting wildfires in Montana and Idaho. This crew, consisting of employees of the Division of Forestry and civilian firefighters, volunteered to leave their jobs and families to travel across the country to help those in need. The work crews like these do isn't easy. The work they do is hot, dangerous and grueling, but our West Virginia crews are always eager to assist. That's one of the most amazing things about this great state. Our people are always ready to lend a helping hand-whether at home or afar.

Many of these same foresters spent time last year helping their neighbors recover from the record-breaking summer derecho. Division of Forestry personnel spent more than 800 hours last summer clearing downed trees from roadways so that electric companies could access areas to restore power; all the while, many of them did not even have electricity in their own homes.

Then just a few short months later in October when much of the state experienced severe weather from Hurricane Sandy, including high winds, flooding and blizzard-like conditions, these foresters were called upon again. They waded through feet of snow to clear roads of fallen trees so that emergency service personnel could restore power and water to the hardest hit areas.

But it's not just our foresters --- our emergency responders, Department of Highways' employees, local law enforcement officers, National Guard members, church groups and community volunteers, are always on call, ready to assist in trying times. Our state has a tremendous amount of good will, and our people are always first in line to help when others need it the most.

This week as we welcome home our folks who have been helping out west, I want to thank all those who give this state its incredible reputation of having some of the friendliest and most genuine people in the world. It's truly an honor to serve as your governor.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977