West Virginia Department of Commerce Holiday 2008 Special Issue

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Holiday 2008 Special Issue

Home for the holidays to stay

There are many West Virginians who already have come home to start their own businesses, pursue careers in the state’s expanding industries or discover the balance they’ve been seeking in their lives. Excerpts of more than 40 of their stories are told in a special edition of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, “Home for the Holidays…to Stay!”

The West Virginia Connection
West Virginians are connected by background, education, heritage, and especially, family. When native Mountaineers leave their home state, in many cases, those connections eventually draw them back, to visit or even to set up successful careers where they can stay close to home.

Live Anywhere. Choose West Virginia.
West Virginia offers the opportunity for a better life. Here, you can have a high-quality lifestyle in a convenient location that’s easy to get to, safe and affordable. When technology allows you to live anywhere, choose West Virginia!

Work Globally. Live locally.
More than 22,000 West Virginians work for companies from 23 countries. A growing number of native and transplanted professionals are finding the Mountain State a rewarding home for their high-tech and international careers.

Smart Money
One way to get more jobs is to invent them. With “Bucks for Brains,” the state is investing $50 million in the research power of West Virginia University and Marshall University, turning “brain drain” into a “brain gain.”

Sense of Place
Below the state’s scenic landscape lies a plentiful supply of natural resources that energize the world. Fossil fuels, renewable energy and energy efficiency are all part of this mix, as we retain and create new “green collar” jobs for our nation’s future.

Taking Root in West Virginia
West Virginians’ past, present and future are woven together to enhance the state’s unique culture, including heritage arts, historical sites and railroads. Several natives describe the deep roots that pulled them home to the state.