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.

 Governors Discuss States' Role in Transforming Health Care Delivery Systems at Opening Session of Winter Meeting

2/20/2010 WASHINGTON- The 2010 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting began today with a robust opening plenary session highlighting the role states can play in improving health care delivery systems to provide cost-efficient and effective health care to all Americans. The session also showcased NGA Chair Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas’ initiative Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable.

“Health care reform is happening in the states and governors are leading the way. Reforms that make our delivery systems more efficient, reduce duplicative services and reward the quality of care delivered – not amount of care provided – are critical to our nation’s fiscal and economic future,” said Gov. Douglas. “I’ve launched Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable, to enlist the help of all governors to find solutions to the health care problem in this country, and provide quality preventative and wellness services that make our nation healthy as well as appropriate and cost-effective care for those who are sick.”

“States cannot afford to sustain our existing level of health care spending,” added NGA Vice Chair West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III. “Governors recognize that it is a critical priority in ensuring the economic viability of our states and the quality of life for our citizens that we work tirelessly to address the current healthcare delivery challenges states are facing.”

During the plenary session, First Lady Michelle Obama provided an overview of her newly launched anti-obesity initiative to make improvements in child care settings, schools and communities to prevent obesity. 

Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, offered his perspective on the major challenges and opportunities for delivery system reform, focusing on improving the quality of health care through payment reforms.

Finally, Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Foundation, a 14,000-strong physician group, shared his perspective on working with the provider community on health care reform efforts.

Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable will continue to be a primary topic of governors’ discussions over the course of the three-day NGA Winter Meeting. To learn more about this Initiative, visit www.nga.org/ci.

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