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.

 Department Of Administration Cabinet Secretary Robert Ferguson Jr. Selected As 2008 Toll Fellow

6/5/2008 Secretary Robert W. Ferguson, JrCHARLESTON, W.Va.Cabinet Secretary Robert W. Ferguson, Jr. of the Department of Administration is one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program, sponsored by The Council of State Governments, September 27 – October 2, 2008.

The annual week-long seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933, seeks to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government.  This year's dynamic program, held in Lexington, Ky., focuses on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.

Secretary Ferguson was nominated by Gov. Joe Manchin III and was selected from many outstanding applicants by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. This year’s applicant pool included state leaders from all three branches and represented 37 states and two U.S. territories. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, U.S. Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government. Secretary Ferguson will be serving as the upcoming president of the National Association of Chief Administrators (NASCA), which is part of the Council of State Governments.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Secretary Ferguson spent 22 years in the Marine Corps serving in a variety of command and staff assignments that included commanding all the Marine recruiters in West Virginia from 1991-1994. He is also a combat veteran of Desert Shield / Desert Storm.  Upon retirement from the Marine Corps in 2000, he worked as the director of marketing and sales manager for Petroleum Products Fleet Fueling, a locally owned and operated West Virginia Company.

Secretary Ferguson is a loyal advocate for veteran benefits and serves as the legislative chairman for the WV Mountain State Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He is also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and education from the Citadel in 1978 and is a 2000 graduate from National University with a Master of Arts in Management. He also is a graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College as well as the Joint Department of Defense Advance Course in Logistics.

The Council of State Governments is the premier multi-branch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty.

 For more information about the Henry Toll Fellowship Program, please contact Krista Rinehart of the Council of State Governments at (859) 244-8249.

Contact Information

Diane Holley
(304) 558-0661