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.

 State Invests In Plans To Develop Small Scale Ethane-Based Chemical Plants

8/11/2011 The state’s venture capital fund has finalized a deal to invest $250,000 in Aither Chemicals.

The funding from West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust (WVJIT) will enable Aither to pursue plans to build plants to develop petrochemicals derived from ethane extracted from Marcellus Shale.

“In Marcellus Shale and the byproduct ethane gas, West Virginia has a natural resource with tremendous economic potential,” said Keith Burdette, state Secretary of Commerce and WVJIT chairman. “Aither’s approach to convert ethane into petrochemicals will enhance our capability to develop this resource, retaining and creating jobs in the state.”

Andy Zulauf, WVJIT’s executive director, added that the WVJIT Board wants to help provide the opportunity for Aither to pursue additional funding and production partners in this new energy and chemical economy.

Aither uses an integrated process for creating chemical products derived from ethylene. Aither's process is designed to work on a smaller scale with less start-up costs than traditional steam cracker plants.

“We will use West Virginia’s natural gas resources to produce ethane-based products near the source of the raw material, said Aither CEO Leonard Dolhert. “With Aither as a local provider, West Virginia’s chemical companies will be able to reduce shipping costs.”

The company’s immediate goal is to build an alliance of investors, of which WVJIT is key, Dolhert said. Aither intends to repay the investment, with a good financial return, and create jobs at the same time.

Aither is a spin-off from Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), a nonprofit research institute which focuses on creating and commercializing innovations in chemical, energy and environmental technologies.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
304-957-9340
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