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.

 Economic Census Forms Due Feb. 12

2/11/2008 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The deadline for businesses to turn in their completed United States Economic Census forms is Feb. 12. Businesses that received the forms are required by law to respond.

Companies can request assistance or a 30-day extension by visiting the U.S. Census Bureau Web site at www.census.gov/econhelp/ or by calling 1-800-233-6136. The census forms were mailed to more than 4 million businesses nationwide, including an estimated 26,000 in West Virginia, in mid-December 2007.  West Virginia's response rate for the 2002 census was 89 percent. The economic census is conducted once every five years.

"The Economic Census profiles our economy on a local, state and national level," said Kelley Goes, West Virginia Secretary of Commerce. "The census provides the facts that local entrepreneurs and national policy-makers need to make informed decisions."

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

The first census results will be available in early 2009, when the total for all economic sectors are tallied in the advance report.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
(304) 558-2003 x 340