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.

 West Virginia Counties Meet Gov. Manchin’s Cleanup Initiative

8/3/2010

All 55 West Virginia counties have successfully met Gov. Joe Manchin’s three-year initiative asking county leaders to adopt a number of measures designed to help eradicate litter and illegal open dumps across the state.

 

Counties had until this year to implement at least 12 of the 16 measures that are detailed in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) program or risk losing preferred status for receiving state economic funding assistance. The measures covered areas in law enforcement, cleanup and outreach/education.

 

“Unsightly litter is a major hindrance to our efforts to lure not only tourists to our state but it also diminishes our ability to recruit businesses and jobs,” Manchin said. “That’s why it’s so important for counties and municipalities to aggressively work toward managing and conducting the cleanup of litter that spoils West Virginia’s scenic beauty.”

 

Among the measures counties have adopted are: forming litter control task forces; hiring county litter control officers; adopting local ordinances to address junked vehicles and dilapidated housing; establishing annual countywide cleanups and tire collections; establishing community service/inmate programs for litter cleanups; coordinating with local, state and federal agencies in identifying and cleaning up illegal dumps and tire piles; offering recycling programs and adopting youth litter and recycling education programs.

 

REAP Chief Danny Haught praised the efforts of county leaders in meeting Gov. Manchin’s initiative and said REAP stands ready to continue helping the state’s counties and municipalities work toward their goals of being litter free.

 

“That’s why we’re here, to help them with resources and their goal of meeting these requirements,” Haught said. “We look forward to working together in making West Virginia the cleanest state in the country.”

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