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.

 Statement From The Governor About The Turnpike Toll Increase

7/1/2009 Gov. Joe Manchin released this statement today after learning about the West Virginia Turnpike toll increase plan passed by the West Virginia Parkways Authority:

“I want to thank the parkways officials for their professional, compassionate and responsible approach to handling their fiduciary responsibility for not only southern West Virginia, but for all the citizens of West Virginia. Today’s decision gives our future leaders and our citizens the option to make an informed decision in 2019 as to whether to return this roadway to the Division of Highways or to keep it as a toll road.

“The West Virginia Parkways Authority listened to the public concerns presented in the last few weeks and the plan they passed today takes into account those concerns while fulfilling their responsibility to maintain the highway and keep it safe for travelers.

“By eliminating the burden of the Tamarack debt service, they are freeing up money that allows them to lower the toll increase for most local users. While the vast majority of Turnpike users are from out of state, commuter pass holders will not see an increase at all and regular users, including local residents and businesses, as well as commercial traffic will also receive discounts. And non-commercial users of West Virginia E-Z Pass are still able to deduct a portion of the cost from their adjusted gross income on their state tax return.

“We all know that we have a critical and immediate need to maintain the Turnpike and to find the revenue that will allow us to do that. This new toll plan is a responsible decision that gives the Authority the tools they need to bring the road up to standards without overburdening the most frequent users of the highway.

“I thank all the people who wrote and called and came out and talked with Parkways Authority members about better ways to do this. With their input and ideas, I think we’ve got a good plan that meets our bonding and maintenance requirements, yet eases the increase for most West Virginians who will use the roadway.”

-      Gov. Joe Manchin III

Contact Information

Jama Jarrett or Melvin Smith
304-558-2000