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.

 WVDEP receives 200,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant



The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Land Restoration is pleased to announce that the agency has been awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Petroleum Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) agency.

The funds will be used for site assessments of properties that have potentially been contaminated with petroleum-based pollutants. The DEP is conducting these site assessments across the state but the primary focus is on eight areas in Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties.

The assessments will likely begin in the fall of 2015 and are expected to take approximately three years. "This grant will not only enable the DEP to assess brownfield properties for cleanup and redevelopment, but on a wider scale will help local communities capitalize on economic development opportunities," said DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.

The agency coordinates with the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers at West Virginia University and Marshall University on brownfields projects and redevelopment efforts. These centers also assisted in developing the grant proposals for the DEP and for other West Virginia communities.

The DEP award is one of 264 grants, totaling $67 million, awarded by the EPA today. Other West Virginia groups awarded brownfields funding include the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, the city of Morgantown, the Tucker County city of Thomas and the Wyoming County Economic Development authority.

For more information about these grants, go to the EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization page at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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