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.

 New Ad To Shine National Spotlight On West Virginia Businesses

7/27/2011 CHARLESTON, W.Va. —The West Virginia Development Office is taking its competition for new business investment to a new level: the national airwaves. The state will unveil its first national television commercial in support of economic development on the CBS and Golf Channel networks during coverage of the second PGA TOUR’s Greenbrier Classic.

The golf event takes place July 25-31 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The state’s economic development commercial "Business at the Speed of Life" airs during Greenbrier Classic coverage on Thursday-Sunday on the Golf Channel and Saturday and Sunday on CBS.

"The best people to talk about the advantages of doing business in West Virginia are the executives succeeding here," said state Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette. "We believe this testimonial ad will attract other CEOs and encourage them to consider West Virginia, ultimately creating new jobs for the state. That’s a message that can bring pride to all West Virginians.

The :30-second commercial can be seen online at www.businessatthespeedoflife.com, along with  profiles of other successful West Virginia companies.

Featured in the commercial are executives from two successful companies in West Virginia. Paul Lambert is the president and CEO of STaSIS Engineering, an automotive performance-enhancing company. STaSIS transferred its corporate headquarters from California to West Virginia’s Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point in 2009. Gerard El Chaar is senior vice president of operations for Coldwater Creek, a specialty clothing and accessories retailer based in Idaho. The success of its distribution center in Parkersburg led Coldwater to expand the facility to its current size of nearly one million square feet.

"A national message dedicated to attracting businesses to the state is an assertive move," said Burdette. "It sends the message that West Virginia has seen dramatic, positive changes in our business climate and in our ability to compete for business nationally."

The state economic development message will appear in rotation with a Division of Tourism commercial. Both the West Virginia Development Office and the Division of Tourism are divisions of the West Virginia Department of Commerce

West Virginia has many positive economic achievements that will be reflected in its ongoing message about the state’s business climate. Since 2005, West Virginia has seen over $15.2 billion in new business investments.  The state closed its 2011 fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $330 million; the sixth year in a row with a surplus – without a tax increase. West Virginia has one of the strongest Rainy Day funds of any state.

"The state’s approach to responsible government has produced a very positive business climate," Burdette said. "We have cleared the way for business growth through tax cuts, workers’ compensation reform, investment in university research and other strategic economic development initiatives."

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
304-957-9340
catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov