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 Transition for Executive Communications Team

4/2/2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today announced that Matt Turner, director of communications for the governor, will step down on April 30 to become chief of staff at Marshall University.

Press Secretary Sara Payne Scarbro will take his place beginning May 1.

“Matt has worked tirelessly for my administration and he has done a terrific job,” the governor said. “I congratulate Matt on his new position with Marshall and wish him the best of luck. With him leaving, Sara Payne Scarbro will fill his position and I am confident that our communications office will have a smooth transition. Sara has worked with me since I took office as governor and she truly understands my administration. She is a great asset and I am confident she will do an excellent job." 

Turner joined the Manchin administration in 2007 as press secretary. He became director of communications at the start of Manchin’s second term in January 2009.

“This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m honored to have worked closely with an outstanding leader and a progressive administration that works so hard to improve West Virginia,” Turner said. “I thank Gov. Manchin and everyone in state government for giving me that opportunity.”

Payne Scarbro joined the Manchin administration in 2004 as deputy press secretary. She left state government in 2008 to manage the governor’s re-election campaign, during which the governor won a historic 70 percent of the vote. She rejoined the administration in January 2009 as press secretary.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” Payne Scarbro said. “Gov. Joe Manchin is a true public servant, who truly cares about West Virginians, and I am proud to serve on his team. I look forward to working with the governor and his administration to continue to build an even stronger West Virginia.”

Payne Scarbro received a bachelor’s d egree in journalism from Marshall University. She and her husband, Derek, live in Charleston.

Contact Information

Sarah Payne Scarbro