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.

 Gov. Manchin Praises Legislature For Ending 8-Year Deadlock On Stream Protection


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin today called the 2008 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature a success, particularly noting the significance of the Legislature's work that eliminated the cumbersome "Tier 2.5 Status" designation for streams. This is a move that will protect some of the state's most pristine streams, the governor said.

"With leadership from Speaker Thompson and President Tomblin, I think our legislators passed a number of significant measures this session, including some we've been wrestling with for a number of years," Manchin said. "They broke an eight-year deadlock that has held up designating our cleanest streams and natural trout streams for protection under the federal Clean Water Act."

Manchin was referring to the passage of Senate Bill 373, which grants the highest level of protection from pollution (Tier 3 status) to the cleanest streams -- those that produce native trout -- and that are on public lands such as state and national parks. Under the new provisions, private landowners' rights are still protected, as such streams that are on their land would receive Tier 2 status, but could become eligible for the additional Tier 3 protection under a nomination process.

Previously, lawmakers had struggled with deciding how many and which streams would be put on the Tier 2.5 protection list.

"The state can now move forward on a process to designate our trout streams for protection, most of which lie within the existing boundaries of public lands," Manchin said. "This will keep our trout streams clean without too much interference into a private landowner's rights."

The governor also lauded the success of bills establishing the "Bucks for Brains" higher education research endowment, providing more money to the School Building Authority, establishing an energy sales tax holiday and giving senior citizens a property tax deferment option.

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