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.

 Department of Administration Names Paulson as General Counsel

9/8/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va.Cabinet Secretary of Administration Robert W. Ferguson, Jr. today announced the appointment of Robert P. Paulson of Charleston as general legal counsel for the West Virginia Department of Administration.  

Prior to accepting this position with the Department of Administration, Mr. Paulson worked as Assistant General Counsel of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Previously, he worked as an associate at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, focusing on the areas of litigation, finance, bankruptcy, contracts and other matters.

“I am happy to welcome Bob to the Department of Administration,” Secretary Ferguson said. “Due to his diverse law experience in government, finance and contracts, Bob will be able to quickly acclimate himself to the tasks at hand and will be a positive addition to our department.”

The Department of Administration oversees various functions of state government, including finance, general services, insurance, personnel, purchasing and retirement.

Paulson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1989 and Georgetown University, where he received a master’s degree in 1994.  He earned his Juris Doctor in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the Order of Barristers and is admitted to practice law in West Virginia, the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. 

Paulson replaces James Kirby in this position, who resigned to return to private law practice.

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