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 announces Environmental Excellence winners

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman presented 15 Environmental Awards of Excellence during a recent ceremony at DEP headquarters in Charleston.

The DEP’s annual Environmental Awards recognize the accomplishments of state industries, municipalities, educators and community leaders who strive to protect the environment, work to be good corporate neighbors and educate the state’s citizens. The awards are presented to those who share in the DEP’s mission of promoting a healthy environment and practice environmental stewardship.

“These award winners have gone above and beyond environmental compliance to truly make a difference in our state’s environment and we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize their outstanding efforts,” Secretary Huffman said. “We also are pleased to recognize the volunteers and community leaders, who donate so much of their time cleaning up our waterways and roadways and encouraging others to do the same. Through the efforts of all these award winners, our state is a better place to live and work.”

Eligibility for industrial awards includes exemplary environmental performance and a record of compliance with regulatory authorities for the 2011 calendar year. Facilities were nominated by the DEP inspectors who work to ensure their compliance with the law. Other Environmental Award winners were nominated by DEP personnel who work with volunteer and other community-based efforts.

Following is a list of this year’s honorees:

Voluntary Program – FMC Corp., and the City of Nitro (co-winners).
Clean Energy – Marshall County Schools, Hilltop Elementary (Wheeling).
Municipal Stormwater – City of Morgantown, Morgantown Utility Board.
Municipal Landfill – Waste Management, LCS Services (Hedgesville).
Industry Greater Than 100 Employees – Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, Corhart Refractories (Buckhannon).
Industry Greater Than 100 Employees – Goodrich Corp., SIS-West Virginia (Union).
Industry Less Than 100 Employees – Goodwill Industries, Goodwill of KYOWVA (Huntington).
Outstanding Litter Control Officer – Donna Seiler, Berkeley County (Martinsburg).
Education and Community Involvement – Bonnie Durig, Hillbillies 4-H Club (New Martinsville).
Education and Community Involvement – Alderson Green Team (Alderson).
Environmental Stewardship – Don Lane, Ducks Unlimited (Belle).
Environmental Stewardship – New River Clean Water Alliance (Oak Hill).
Volunteers of the Year – Tygart Valley Youth Group (Elkins).
Cabinet Secretary Award – North Bend State Park (Cairo).

Click here to view the Environmental Awards Booklet.

Contact Information

Tom Aluise
(304) 926-0499 Ext., 1338