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.

 WVJIT and INNOVA partner to invest $1 million in sensor company R&D facility, technology development

3/26/2013
FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A combined loan totaling $1 million will help high tech sensor manufacturer Berkeley Springs Instruments (BSI), LLC to open a research and development facility in Morgan County and ready its newest sensor for market.

The company’s research center is expected to create two to five jobs.

INNOVA and the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust (WVJIT) each invested $500,000. INNOVA is an initiative of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation. WVJIT is the state’s venture capital firm.

The agreement was finalized March 19 with a signing ceremony in Fairmont.

“Berkeley Springs Instruments is the type of high tech company that we love to help grow in West Virginia,” said Keith Burdette, cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. “The announcement today is a great example of how the state has matched multiple programs, such as WVJIT and INNOVA, utilizing the West Virginia Capital Access Program to meet their needs and encourage their growth.”

BSI specializes in the fabrication of innovative ultrasonic sensors and multi-parameter sensor networks for monitoring the mechanical integrity of tanks, pressure vessels and pipelines.

In addition to supporting the R&D center, BSI will use the funds to commercialize its new Eagle Array Sensor. The sensor is designed to operate underground, under water or on the surface to monitor the integrity of petroleum and gas pipelines and tanks. The wireless Eagle Array Sensor can be easily accessed through the Internet. The sensor power options include solar, direct AC/DC, Ethernet and battery.

The INNOVA and WVJIT collaborative loans used funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP). The WVCAP program, administered by WVJIT, is designed to give small businesses more access to capital and credit and create jobs.

Contact Information

Andrew Zulauf
304-345-6200