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 Requests Additional Time to Apply for Federal Snow Removal Help

1/14/2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va – Gov. Joe Manchin has requested a 30-day waiver of the requirement to apply for a federal disaster declaration to President Obama, while officials with FEMA and the State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continue to review the costs that may be eligible for reimbursement through FEMA.

In his letter to FEMA, the Governor stated:

“Roads were rendered impassable in these and other counties, and we had to rescue hundreds of stranded motorists at the height of the storm.  Thousands of our citizens had to endure up to 10 days without electricity due to downed trees and power lines.

At first review, I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected local governments and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary.”

A declaration involving snow removal is quite different than requesting federal assistance from disasters such as floods, major fires or other catastrophic events and the governor wants to be sure that the state and its political subdivisions will receive the maximum reimbursement if a declaration is made.

Multiple criteria must be met including demonstrating record snowfall as well as a fixed dollar amount per county.  This request deals with public assistance for government agencies and other eligible public applicants only.  The damage caused during this event does not rise to the level that would allow FEMA Individual Assistance programs to provide assistance to individuals.

Current storm damage estimates without all costs begin submitted exceed $5.8 million.

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Jimmy Gianato