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 to Host 50th Anniversary Ceremony in Honor of JFK's 1960 Mountain State Primary Victory


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin will host a commemoration and panel discussion titled: West Virginia 1960 Primary Election: The Primary that Made a President, which will recognize the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's 1960 West Virginia Democratic primary victory.  The free and public event begins at 3 p.m. on May 10 at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex. The event will also include a ceremony to unveil a new state exhibit in honor of President Kennedy’s four week campaign in West Virginia.

Kennedy’s primary win in the Mountain State was the turning point in his bid for the Democratic nomination for presidency and changed American presidential politics by undermining the conventional wisdom that a Catholic could not win the presidency.

Manchin said he has fond memories of the Kennedy family campaigning in West Virginia, and he will speak about his recollection of that time in West Virginia history during the May 10 event.

The keynote speaker will be Theodore Sorensen, who was Kennedy's top aide, speechwriter, confidante and biographer. Additional West Virginia political organizers and supporters of Kennedy’s presidential campaign are scheduled to take part in discussions.

Also scheduled to join for the 50th anniversary event is West Virginia Wesleyan College political historian Robert Rupp.  Rupp partnered with the Governor’s Office to plan the day-long observance.

Full Schedule of events:

10 a.m. to noon -- Sorensen book-signing at Borders, Town Center Mall.

3 p.m. -- Panel discussions at the Culture Center:

“Reporting on Kennedy,” featuring Dr. Dan Fleming, Kennedy’s Pleasants County chairman in 1960 and author of two books about Kennedy; James A. Haught, current Charleston Gazette Editor who also covered the 1960 primary; and, Kenneth Kurtz, WSAZ-TV Charleston news director in 1960.

“Meeting Kennedy,” featuring Charlie Peters, Charleston native and former legislator, who headed the Kennedy campaign in Kanawha County and later created The Washington Monthly magazine; Ken Hechler a member of Congress in 1960 who campaigned for Kennedy; Dick Tyson, Huntington judge and former head of the Young Republicans in Cabell County; and, Sam Huff, West Virginia native and professional football legend who also introduced Kennedy on the campaign trail.

5 p.m. – Reception at the Culture Center. Sorensen will autograph his book.

6 p.m. – Formal Remarks at the Culture Center, speech by Gov. Joe Manchin on personal reflection of the 1960 election and Sorensen on “West Virginia Primary: The Early Turning Point.”

7 p.m. -- Ribbon-cutting of a new State Museum exhibit on the 1960 primary, followed by an additional reception.

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