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 Joins Legislators, Education Officials and the Annenberg Foundation to Announce New Marsh Fork Elementary

4/30/2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Joe Manchin today joined state legislators, representatives from the West Virginia School Building Authority and Charles Annenberg Weingarten, vice president and director of the Annenberg Foundation, to announce plans to build a new school that will replace Marsh Fork Elementary near Naoma, W.Va., in Raleigh County.

The Annenberg Foundation has pledged $2.5 million to begin the construction of the new school, which county officials have estimated will cost about $8.6 million. Along with the Annenberg gift, the West Virginia School Building Authority will contribute $2.6 million. The Raleigh County Board of Education and Massey Energy Co. previously had pledged $1 million each to the school project, however, following the Annenberg Foundation pledge, both the school board and Massey Energy will increase their funding to $1.5 million each for the school.  

The governor said the Annenberg Foundation’s gift is extremely kind and will benefit the young people of Raleigh County. “Charles Annenberg and the entire Annenberg Foundation have made a remarkable pledge that will bring a new dimension to the quality of learning at Marsh Fork. I applaud their efforts and willingness to help move education forward for the young people in southern West Virginia.” 

Charles Annenberg Weingarten said, “Every child deserves to be in a safe, healthy and productive environment.  Consistent with the Annenberg Foundation’s long-standing support of public education, I am pleased to announce that we will support the effort to relocate and rebuild Marsh Fork Elementary School on behalf of my team at EXPLORE and my fellow family members of the Board of Directors at the Annenberg Foundation, I am pledging a grant of $2.5 million.  We look forward to seeing a new building in a safe location."

Rick Snuffer, president of the Raleigh County Board of Education said, “The gift from the Annenberg Foundation will give limitless possibilities to future generations of Marsh Fork area children.  This marks a first in West Virginia schools in which the county school system, private business, state government, a community organization and a private foundation have partnered to provide the funding for a state-of-the-art school. Raleigh County Schools is grateful to all of them for their generosity and kindness for our children.”

The governor added, “This is an unprecedented partnership to put our children first. A lot of people came together, brought their chips to the table and said, ‘We are going to make this happen.’ I truly appreciate the commitment and am glad to be a part of this project. I want to personally thank the Annenberg Foundation, the West Virginia School Building Authority, the school board, the Pennies of Promise community organization, our legislators, Massey Energy and the people of the Marsh Fork community for stepping up to construct this safer and more modern school.”

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