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.

 Governor Expands State Of Emergency For Flood-Affected Areas Across W.Va.

6/6/2008 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After touring flood-affected areas in central West Virginia and other parts of the state, and witnessing substantial damage, Gov. Joe Manchin has expanded the state of emergency declared June 4, 2008, to six additional counties and the surrounding regions.

Those additional counties are Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Jefferson, Ritchie and Wirt, and the counties that surround them. The state of emergency still includes the counties named on June 4: Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Taylor and surrounding counties.

Along with a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Manchin on Thursday joined West Virginia Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett, Jimmy Gianato, director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and James Spears, cabinet secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety, for aerial and on-the-ground tours of flood-affected areas in Harrison, Marion and Gilmer counties.

They visited with residents and county officials in hard-hit Boothsville, and toured a water-logged downtown Glenville.

“We are doing everything humanly possible to get assistance to our citizens who’ve been hit by this flooding and its aftermath,” Manchin said. “We want to minimize any suffering, so we’ve got the right people on the ground now, but we need your help to determine just how much damage we’ve suffered.”

The governor has activated the West Virginia National Guard to assist in the cleanup effort.

Gov. Manchin also has ordered an assessment to determine if the damage warrants a federal disaster declaration, which makes available additional federal assistance. The governor urges citizens to contact their local county emergency services offices to report flood and storm damages to their homes and businesses.

Contact information for local county emergency offices is available at the Division of Homeland Security’s web site, www.wvdhsem.gov, or by calling 304-558-5380.

The flooding was caused by severe thunderstorms and heavy, sustained rains earlier this week that disrupted transportation and caused considerable flooding, mudslides, downed trees and property damage. The declaration activates the state’s Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Center.

The state of emergency allows the governor to direct special resources to the affected areas that otherwise would not be available. The state of emergency remains in effect for 30 days unless extended or rescinded by another proclamation by the governor.

Photographs from Thursday’s tour of flooded areas are available at www.wvgov.org, in the photo gallery

Contact Information

Lara Ramsburg
304-558-2000