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.

 Census of West Virginia business starts Dec. 17

12/12/2007 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2007 Economic Census gets underway in West Virginia on Dec. 17.  Conducted once every five years, the survey measures America’s business activity from the national to the local level.

The census forms will be mailed to more than 4 million businesses nationwide, including an estimated 26,000 in West Virginia. The forms must be returned to the U.S. Census Bureau by Feb. 12. Businesses that receive forms are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) to respond.

“The Economic Census is important for both government and business use,” said Kelley Goes, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. “The information produces an accurate picture of the economy on a local, state and national scale. Businesses, communities and government at all levels use the data for planning and development. West Virginia’s national economic rankings are affected by this census.”

Businesses will be asked to report information such as employment, payroll, health and pension benefit expenses, and the value of goods and services sold. The information of individual businesses is kept confidential. Only the aggregate figures are published for governmental policy makers and industry-specific profiles for business owners

The Census Bureau launched a new Web site — www.business.census.gov — to help businesses understand the economic census and how it benefits them. The site includes economic snapshots of selected industries and significant facts about every industry.

The forms are mailed to businesses with seven or more employees. Companies with branch offices will receive the form only at corporate headquarters. Industries not covered by the Economic Census include agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing, schools, and political or religious organizations.

The first census results will be available in early 2009, when the total for all economic sectors are tallied in the advance report. All census results will be issued on the Internet over a two-year period.

Our response rate for the 2002 census was 89 percent,” said Delphine Coffey, state Data Center Lead, West Virginia Development Office. “We would like to do as well this time.”

According to the census, from 1997 to 2002, the number of manufacturing firms in the state slipped 1.7 percent and mining-related businesses declined by 9.8 percent. In that same time period, the census showed a jump of nearly 17 percent in information businesses such as publishing and data processing. The professional, scientific and technical services industry climbed 8.9 percent.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
(304) 558-2003 x 340