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.

 West Virginia hands out Clean Community and Clean County awards

Four West Virginia communities that went above and beyond in their efforts to beautify and clean up their respective towns have been recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection for environmental stewardship in 2012.

The DEP’s Make It Shine Program has awarded Clean Community Awards to New Cumberland in Hancock County; Camden-on-Gauley, in Webster County; Odd, in Raleigh County; and the Village of Beech Bottom, in Brooke County. Beech Bottom was the grand prize winner and will receive $500 to apply toward additional cleanup/beautification projects.

In addition to the Clean Community Awards, the DEP also recognized Putnam County with a 2012 Clean County Award. The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority will receive $2,000 to put toward cleanup and other projects. Clean County Awards are presented annually to county solid waste authorities that promote environmental stewardship through cleanups, outreach and law enforcement.

Clean Community Awards also are presented annually. Each municipality’s application is judged in several categories, including cleanup, recycling, youth participation and beautification.
“As always, we are excited and pleased to recognize the outstanding efforts of these communities and counties,” said Danny Haught, chief of the DEP’s REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) program, which oversees the state’s Make It Shine efforts.

“Their strong commitment to improving their communities and the environment is a model all of West Virginia can follow,” Haught said.

For more information about the Clean Community and Clean County awards, contact Travis Cooper at 1-800-322-5530 or by email at Travis.L.Cooper@wv.gov

Contact Information

Tom Aluise
(304) 926-0499