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.

 West Virginia To Guarantee Bank Loans For Repair Of Flood-Damaged Bridges

7/14/2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today Gov. Joe Manchin announced that the state of West Virginia will provide loan guarantees designed to help property owners restore bridges damaged in the June 2010 floods.

“These small bridges are the only way many of the flood victims can reach their homes, and it’s essential that we provide some assistance to get them back in order,” said Gov. Manchin. “While the state can’t build private roads for residents, we are offering a plan that makes it easy for them to help themselves.”

The state will provide loan guarantees to participating banks that, in turn, provide loans to homeowners who live in counties declared for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The loan guarantees for bridge repair or replacement are for a maximum of $10,000 over three years. Property owners apply for the loans through banks serving the affected areas.

Applications will be accepted at participating banks through Nov. 1, 2010.

The floods that struck southern West Virginia in June damaged bridges that area residents need to cross creeks and minor waterways to reach their homes. The counties eligible for the loan program are Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.

“We thank West Virginia’s senate president, house speaker, finance chairs and local delegates and senators in the flood-affected counties for bringing this need to our attention and their help with the loan initiative,” said Secretary of Commerce Kelley Goes. “Local, state and federal agencies continue to work in close cooperation to bring recovery aid to residents and businesses in the flood-damaged areas.”

To participate in the guaranteed loan program, lending institutions must first contact the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority.  Program details are available from Christy Laxton, Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, 304-732-6707, christylaxton@wyomingcounty.com.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
304-558-2003 x 59340