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.

 West Virginia Volunteer Fire Department Workers’ Compensation Group Members Announced


CHARLESTON, W.V. - West Virginia Department of Revenue Secretary Virgil T. Helton, under the direction of Gov. Joe Manchin, today announced the formation of the West Virginia Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Workers’ Compensation Group.

Upon securing temporary relief from workers’ compensation premium increases from BrickStreet Insurance, which VFDs anticipated to double effective July 1, 2010, Gov. Manchin called upon Secretary Helton to form a group of stakeholders to provide a permanent solution.

“Our VFDs need long-term help. They are instrumental in keeping our communities safe and well protected,” said Manchin. “We now need to return the favor and assist these brave men and women so they can continue to operate in our communities.”

Secretary Helton, chair of the West Virginia Volunteer Fire Department Workers’ Compensation Group, has invited the following individuals to participate in the group:


Senator Walt Helmick             West Virginia State Senate

Delegate Harry Keith White   West Virginia House of Delegates

Paula Smith                             WV State Firemen’s Association

Sam Love                                 WV State Firemen’s Association

Sterling Lewis                          WV State Fire Marshal

Jane Cline                                Commissioner, WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

Bill Kenny                                Deputy Commissioner, WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

Mary Jane Pickens                  General Counsel, WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

Christine Morris                      General Counsel, WV Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

Lisa Dooley                              WV Municipal League

Patti Hamilton                         WV Association of Counties

Vivian Parsons                        WV County Commissioners’ Association

Bob Sullivan                            WV State Fire Commission


“I look forward to working with these individuals as we develop a solution for the VFDs and to provide them with ongoing relief from high workers’ compensation premiums for years to come,” said Secretary Helton.

The first meeting for the group will be July 8 in the Governor’s Cabinet and Conference Room at the state Capitol.





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