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.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today announced West Virginia Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) will receive broadform insurance coverage through the Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) effective Sept. 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.

“I am grateful BRIM has stepped in to provide insurance coverage, and peace of mind, for our VFDs,” Gov. Manchin said. “In addition, the BRIM coverage will provide the Volunteer Fire Department Workers’ Compensation Task Force much needed time to further study all aspects of the workers’ compensation challenge affecting volunteer firefighters.”

Prior to BRIM, 281 volunteer fire houses were faced with losing their broadform coverage, currently provided by BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company, as of September 1st. West Virginia is served by 426 full-volunteer fire departments, of which 281 have recently held broadform insurance policies with BrickStreet.  Earlier this month, BrickStreet agreed to extend this coverage from July 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2010, while the VFD Workers’ Compensation Task Force, chaired by West Virginia Department of Revenue Secretary Virgil T. Helton, studies the issues.

“The 60-day extension from BrickStreet, while generous, did not allow us time to find a permanent solution,” Manchin said. “BRIM’s action is a temporary solution that will allow VFDs to receive continual broadform coverage while providing ample time for the task force to fully study the issues and find a permanent solution.”

“BRIM is pleased to step in and offer broadform coverage to this subdivision of state government, and to our brothers and sisters at volunteer fire departments,” BRIM Director Charles E. Jones said. “We hope those current policy holders will find comfort in knowing they can obtain temporary coverage through BRIM.”

Earlier this month, the governor secured temporary relief from workers’ compensation premium increases from BrickStreet, and then called upon Secretary Helton to form a group of stakeholders to provide a permanent solution.

“Our volunteer firefighters, and the communities they serve, are eager to see the fire departments’ insurance needs addressed. In just three weeks, the task force has made great progress,” said Manchin. “This BRIM coverage allows the task force time to continue its diligent research of the issues at play and provide a well thought-out resolution without the strain of knowing our everyday heroes are operating while uninsured.”

Secretary Helton will call the next task force meeting for 10 a.m. on August 30 at the State Capitol.

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