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.

  Division of Tourism News Room

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

The ‘Beast of the East’ – Gauley fall whitewater season begins Friday, Sept. 6


August 30, 2013 - West Virginia Division of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver announces the Gauley River rafting season begins Sept. 6 with the first Summersville Dam water release of the season...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Sept. 2-15


August 20, 2013 - Pennsboro Country Roads Festival: Sept. 5-7; 15th Annual Ribfest BBQ Festival; Poor Farm Festival 2013...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 19 – Sept. 1


August 05, 2013 - 17th Annual Appalachian Festival; Simply Jazz and Blues Festival; 3rd Annual Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Expo...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 22 – Aug. 4


July 11, 2013 - Jackson County Jr. Fair; The Aracoma Story; Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally...


W.Va. Division of Tourism launches new spirits page


July 02, 2013 - The West Virginia Division of Tourism has launched a new landing page on its website devoted to showcasing the Mountain State’s wineries, distilleries and breweries...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 8-21


June 25, 2013 - 47th Annual Pioneer Days; West Virginia State HOG Rally; Bridgeport Benedum Festival...


West Virginia Welcome Centers celebrate sesquicentennial around the state


June 14, 2013 - On June 20, 2013, West Virginia will celebrate its 150th birthday and all eight of the state’s welcome centers will join in the celebration...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory June 24 – July 7


June 10, 2013 - Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta 2013; Ohio Valley Rib and Chicken Cook-off; Little Levels Heritage Fair and Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory June 9-23


May 29, 2013 - Badlands Bluegrass Festival; Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival; 50th Anniversary Run at Cass Scenic Railroad...


State Film Office Hosting Workforce Training Seminar


May 20, 2013 - A two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar hosted by the West Virginia Film Office will be held on June 22 and 23 in Huntington...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory May 27 – June 9


May 14, 2013 - West Virginia Memorial Day Festival (Spirit of Grafton); Blue and Gray Reunion; Elk River Fest...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory April 29 – May 12


April 18, 2013 - Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition; West Virginia 150; WV State Flatpick Guitar Championship...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory April 15-28


April 02, 2013 - “Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013; Oglebay Institute's "Crosscurrents" Art Exhibit; Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory April 1-14


March 20, 2013 - “Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013; Oglebay Institute's “Crosscurrents” Art Exhibit; Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition...


Tourism Adventure Media Advisory March 4-17


February 28, 2013 - Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War; “Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013; Liberty on the Boarder: A Civil War Exhibition...


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