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.

 Manchin Administration, Brickstreet agree to delay premium cost increase for VFD for one year

6/16/2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  Gov.  Joe Manchin this evening joined Department of Revenue Cabinet Secretary Virgil Helton, Brickstreet Insurance CEO Greg Burton, West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline, members of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association and others to announce Brickstreet Insurance’s decision to delay increasing state’s volunteer fire departments’ (VFDs) workers’ compensation premium rates for one year to allow time for the state to develop a long-term solution.

“I applaud Brickstreet Insurance for voluntarily delaying the increase of workers’ compensation premium rates, while a working group – made up of members of my administration, West Virginia State Firemen’s Association and the Legislature – will study this issue and develop a remediate plan that will create a long-term solution. This plan will help get costs under control, while also working to improve their safety during their volunteer service,” Gov. Joe Manchin said. “Volunteer firemen are so important to our state, and I am so pleased to see the private and public sectors working together for the greater good of our volunteer fire departments and the communities they serve.”

Prior to Brickstreet’s actions today, the VFDs in West Virginia would have been subject to higher premiums, some premiums were set to double, as of July 1, 2010.  The current loss ratio for the VFD insurance class is more than 700 percent. This means for every dollar the insurance carrier receives in premium, it is paying out more than seven dollars in losses. However, the previously scheduled increase would still not be enough to cover the insurer’s losses. 

“Unless a comprehensive approach to solving this problem is found now, we will continue to have this same annual challenge for years to come,” Sec. Helton said. “I have instructed the Insurance Commissioner to provide a report to me identifying the severity of the problem and suggest remedies to determine the best course of action.”

The Legislature and Governor Manchin’s administration, including the Department of Revenue, Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, and State Fire Marshal,  will continue to work together over the next year to develop a lasting solution for VFDs and their workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

“This situation affects hundreds of West Virginians,” the governor added. “The VFDs provide a life-saving service to their communities and in doing so, homeowner’s insurance rates in those communities remain affordable. We will work to find the permanent solution over the next year to keep our VFDs in service.  I thank Brickstreet for their compassion and assistance into this situation.”

Contact Information

Sara Payne Scarbro
304-558-2000