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 exports up 43% in first half of 2011

8/24/2011
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s exports increased by 43 percent in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same time period in 2010. The state’s growth rate outperformed the U.S. export growth rate of 18 percent for the same period.

That brisk pace indicates West Virginia is on track to meet or exceed last year’s record level of exports. The year 2010 ended with an export total of $6.4 billion.

Figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce show West Virginia’s product exports for the first half of 2011 totaled $4.4 billion, up from $3.1 billion during the first half of 2010.

“West Virginia businesses large and small are succeeding in worldwide trade,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “Exporting is essential to our state’s continued economic growth. International sales help to create and retain jobs in West Virginia. We encourage our businesses to explore this potential for growth.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that trade supports 38 million jobs — more than one in five — in the United States. More than 17 percent of all manufacturing workers in West Virginia depend on exports for their jobs.

During the first half of 2011, West Virginia’s top trading partners as measured in dollars are Canada, Brazil, India, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, China, Ukraine, United Kingdom and South Korea.

The International Division of the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) facilitates international trade development by providing consulting and helping build international business relationships. For more information on WVDO international services, visit www.worldtradewv.com or contact Debra Martin at 304-957-2042 or Caitlin Ashley at 304-957-2014.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
304-957-9340
catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov