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.

  Office of the Governor News Room

Below you will find a list of recent press releases issued by the Office of the Governor. Click on the title to view the full text of the press release.

Governor Tomblin Announces Arts and Historic Preservation Grant Awards


August 27, 2014 - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the awarding of $1,441,760 in grant funds to support arts and historic preservation programs and individuals statewide. ...


Governor Tomblin Announces New Jobs in Hardy County


August 26, 2014 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined American Woodmark Corporation in announcing a major expansion of the company's Moorefield, West Virginia cabinet-manufacturing facility. ...


Governor Tomblin Announces Highways' First Public Private Partnership Project


August 26, 2014 - A 3.3-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway will connect Mullens to existing sections already under construction and, when complete, open the expressway from I-64/I-77 to Mullens (nearly 19 miles)....


Governor Tomblin Announces Division of Justice and Community Services Grant Awards


August 22, 2014 - Grant funds to support 157 programs across West Virginia...


Gov. Tomblin Announces West Virginia to Receive Grant Funding for Workforce Development


August 15, 2014 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia was selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to receive grant funding and additional support to expand workforce education and training programs. ...


Showcasing West Virginia's Youth through the Governor's Schools


July 29, 2014 - This summer, nearly 500 of West Virginia's best and brightest middle and high school students are coming together from across the state to participate in five different sessions of the Governor's Schools...


Gov. Tomblin Welcomes New Orleans Saints and Fans to West Virginia


July 25, 2014 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today welcomed the New Orleans Saints to their preseason training camp, underway at the new facility in White Sulphur Springs. ...


Gov. Tomblin Announces Tenth Consecutive Reduction in Workers' Comp Rates


July 24, 2014 - West Virginia employers to save $32 million this year...


Manchin and Tomblin announce additional scientific testing and monitoring of chemicals spilled in Kanawha Valley


July 23, 2014 - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the coordination between federal and state agencies to conduct additional scientific testing of the chemicals spilled from the Freedom Industries plant on January 9, 2014. ...


Gov. Tomblin Announces Formation of Juvenile Task Force


July 18, 2014 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the formation of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice...


Governor Tomblin Hosts Nationwide Launch of Bon Appetit Appalachia Culinary Map


July 16, 2014 - Guide lists popular culinary offerings throughout Appalachian region...


Governor Tomblin Names Hopkins to Serve as Head of Business and Industrial Development


July 10, 2014 - Hopkins led efforts to attract the shale gas boom, including the state's bid for ethane cracker plant....


'Outside is In' at West Virginia State Parks


July 09, 2014 - Natural beauty, fun and adventure in the great outdoors are some of our state's defining characteristics, bringing us worldwide renown as a terrific place to get away from it all...


Governor Tomblin Urges Congress to Resolve Highway Trust Fund Shortfall


July 07, 2014 - Gov. Tomblin co-signs NGA letter to support reauthorization of federal transportation programs...


Governor Tomblin, Commerce Secretary Burdette Praise Announcement by Range Resources


July 01, 2014 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette today issued statements following an announcement from Range Resources that the company has committed to supplying ethane for Project ASCENT. ...


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