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.

 Governor Announces Grants To Advance Scientific Research

12/19/2008 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin today announced grants to help advance scientific discovery at West Virginia’s colleges and universities. The grants, which total nearly $710,000, were funded competitively through the state’s Research Challenge Fund and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, and will be administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research.

In announcing the grants, Manchin noted that scientific research is vital to West Virginia’s future. “These grants are important because they will fund research in our state,” he said. “As we continue to strive to make West Virginia a national leader in science, research, innovation and education, we will be ensuring our success in today’s competitive, knowledge-driven economy.”

He added that the state’s new $50 million “Bucks for Brains” program will not only help attract leading scientists and investigators to West Virginia, but will help the state retain the “best and brightest” of its own promising graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The grants the governor announced today included Instrumentation Grants to fund scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories; Innovation Grants for creative improvements in scientific equipment and facilities, curriculum, classroom instruction or delivery; International Innovation Grants to support development of an international component in science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs; and STEM Fellows Grants to fund graduate student fellowships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. A complete list of recipients is attached.

To learn more about scientific research in West Virginia or the state’s Vision 2015 strategic plan for science and technology, visit www.wvresearch.org or call (304) 558-4128.


Instrumentation Grants
Institution                              Amount      Principal Investigator
Concord University                  $20,000      Dr. Dana Alloway
Concord University                  $18,618      Dr. Thomas Ford
West Virginia State University            $10,000      Dr. Andrew Schedl
Wheeling Jesuit University                  $14,485      Dr. Bryan Raudenbush
WVU Inst itute of Technology            $10,283      Dr. Didem Kivanc-Tureli
West Virginia Wesleyan College            $20,000      Dr. Joseph Wiest

Innovation Grants
Institution                              Amount      Principal Investigator
WVU Institute of Technology            $39,730      Dr. Ufuk Tureli
West Virginia Wesleyan College            $40,000      Dr. Edward Wovchko     

International Innovation Grant
Institution                              Amount      Principal Investigator
West Virginia Wesleyan College            $36,880      Dr. Luke Huggins

STEM Fellows Grants
Institution                              Amount      Principal Investigator
Marshall University                  $200,000      Dr. Richard Niles
West Virginia University                  $300,000      Dr. Peter Gannett

Contact Information

Ginny Painter
304-558-4128 x 6