West Virginia Week in Review - January 24, 2020


Gov. Justice attends groundbreaking ceremony for new Herbert Hoover High School




Surrounded by students, teachers, administrators, and Elk River community members, Gov. Jim Justice took part in a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the start of site preparation for the new Herbert Hoover High School. The original school was destroyed in the historic June 2016 floods that ravaged many parts of West Virginia. Wednesday's ceremony was held in front of what will become the construction site of the new school, near Elkview in Kanawha County between Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 119. The new facility is currently on track to open in 2022. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice: West Virginia achieves best year of job numbers in over a decade




On Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia’s yearlong job numbers for 2019 came in as the best marks the state has seen in over a decade. The average number of West Virginians employed over the course of the full calendar year was 759,000; the highest annual jobs average since 2008, according to data from WorkForce West Virginia. [Read More]



West Virginia celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day




On Monday, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs hosted several events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Festivities included an awards luncheon celebrating student artwork, an ecumenical service where the Governor’s Living the Dream Award was presented, and a bell-ringing ceremony at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston that included remarks by Gov. Justice. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice, Del. Daniel Linville reward public employees for saving State thousands of dollars




On Monday, Gov. Justice joined Cabell County Delegate Daniel Linville for a ceremony to celebrate the recent re-activation of the West Virginia Employee Suggestion Award Board (ESAB) and to award a combined total of more than $4,400 to a pair of West Virginia public employees whose suggestions for streamlining work processes in their respective offices resulted in significant cost-savings to the State. The ESAB incentivizes State employees to make suggestions about ways their offices could be working more efficiently, with the goal of cutting back on unnecessary costs. If an employee’s suggestion is adopted and implemented, they will receive a portion of the amount saved in return. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice addresses oil and gas industry leaders at IOGAWV 2020 Winter Meeting




On Wednesday, Gov. Justice discussed the future of energy in the state with hundreds of industry leaders at the West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association’s 2020 Winter Meeting in Charleston. During an address, the Governor reaffirmed his commitment to help make these energy commodities thrive in West Virginia, saying he hopes to do his part to help speed up the permitting process during the current legislative session, among other goals. [Read More] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice speaks at annual West Virginia Economic Development Council Legislative Conference




On Wednesday, Gov. Justice addressed a group of hundreds of economic development leaders from across the state at the 2020 West Virginia Economic Development Council Legislative Conference in Charleston. During his address, Gov. Justice highlighted the recent job growth in the state due, in part, to various companies deciding to locate or expand operations in West Virginia. The Governor also mentioned that West Virginia’s tourism industry is continuing its historic boom – outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent​. [Watch Video] [More Photos]



Gov. Justice meets with West Virginia members of United States House of Representatives





Department of Transportation spotlights process maintaining equipment during off-season




On this week's edition of WVDOT In Motion, workers with the Division of Highways discussed their process for maintaining DOH equipment throughout the off-season. Their winter work includes painting to prevent rust, mechanical repairs or replacements, and much more. [Watch Video]



Division of Forestry explains winter forest cycle




This week, officials with the Division of Forestry spotlighted the annual transformation that trees undergo each winter season. Similar to hibernation in some animals, trees kick into self-preservation mode when the cold weather arrives, shutting down their chlorophyll production and relying on stored glucose for energy instead. [Watch Video]



DNR Law Enforcement Officer rescues Bald Eagle near Bluestone Dam





DEP accepting nominations for Make It Shine Environmental Teacher of the Year award




This week, the Department of Environmental Protection detailed their annual Make It Shine Environmental Teacher of the Year award program, reminding the public that nominations are still being accepted for West Virginia K-12 teachers. Winners will be selected in the elementary, middle school, and high school categories and each will receive a $500 personal award and $1,000 to promote STEM education. [Watch Video]



West Virginia National Guard celebrates success of Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy and Job ChalleNGe Program




This week, the West Virginia National Guard highlighted success stories in two of their programs – the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy (MCA) and the Jobs ChalleNGe Academy. The MCA program is designed to give academically challenged teens a second chance at obtaining their basic education. The Jobs ChalleNGe Academy provides selected MCA graduates with Career and Technical Education leading to certifications and job placements. During his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Justice announced his intention to open a second ChalleNGe location in Montgomery. [Watch Video]



West Virginia National Guard soldiers and airmen train at Fit Camp




This week, the West Virginia National Guard highlighted a recent training experience for soldiers and airmen who took part in a fitness education course known as Fit Camp. The course is designed to teach service members exercise techniques, healthy habits, and educate them on nutrition and form in order to maximize physical performance. [Watch Video]



Also this week:

WVDOT to hold public meeting on Jan. 27 to review detours from I-70 Bridges Project

DHHR releases report on youth vaping

DHHR accepting comments on DOJ implementation plan

West Virginia Independence Hall to offer "sweet" Valentine’s Day opportunity

Historic Preservation Development Grants available




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