West Virginia Week in Review - January 27, 2024


West Virginia Week in Review
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West Virginia begins taking applications for first-ever Governor’s School for Tourism

Applications now open for high school freshmen and sophomores interested in attending and becoming official tourism ambassadors
Gov. Justice announced applications are now available for freshman and sophomore high school students wishing to attend West Virginia’s inaugural Governor’s School for Tourism.
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Although the popular summer educational camps have existed since 1984, Gov. Justice is the first governor to host a school focused on tourism.

“I am just thrilled to launch the first-ever Governor’s School for Tourism," Gov. Justice said. "With tourism exploding in West Virginia, it’s time to start working with our students to showcase all good-paying jobs available in this industry. The growth has been off the chart, and our research shows this is quickly becoming a high-demand field in our state. I can’t wait to meet with our talented students this summer as they explore the wide array of tourism attractions and jobs across this great state.”

Hosted by West Virginia University and supported by the West Virginia Department of Education's Division of Instruction and Career Engagement, the Governor's School for Tourism will provide students a 10-day, hands-on learning tour of the Mountain State. Additionally, these budding industry ambassadors will visit many of the state's travel regions and meet with dozens of industry professionals who will offer a glimpse into the variety of sectors within tourism. This includes outdoor recreation, arts and culture, hospitality and lodging, and culinary arts. This program is provided at no cost to students or families. 
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West Virginia DMV implements Digital Vehicle Registration and Mobile ID
Gov. Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expanding their digital-focused services with two exciting new initiatives: digital vehicle registration cards and the West Virginia Mobile ID.

West Virginians renewing their vehicle registration online can opt for a secure digital registration card stored in their smartphone wallet. This free service offers immediate access to vehicle information, eliminating the need to rummage through glove compartments or worry about misplaced cards.

"This is a major step forward for the DMV and for West Virginia residents," Gov. Justice said. "It's convenient and secure, which is what we strive for in state government."

The DMV is also developing the West Virginia Mobile ID, a digital driver's license and ID card accessible on your phone. This innovative program, expected to launch in Spring 2024, will allow secure and easy identification at participating businesses and government agencies.

"The Mobile ID will be a game-changer," DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier said. "It's secure, convenient, and puts the power of your ID right at your fingertips."
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Gov. Justice presents $13.5 million check from WV SBA to Ripley Middle School for renovations and additions
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Gov. Justice presents a check for $5,842,600 to Harrison County Schools
Gov. Justice presented a check of $5,842,600 to Harrison County Schools this week. The funds will be used for additions and renovations at Nutter Fort Primary and Simpson Elementary. 

Last month, as the Chairman of the West Virginia School Building Authority, Gov. Justice led a vote to approve an award of $111,687,534 for 19 counties for Fiscal Year 2024. On Friday, the Governor delivered Harrison County its share of funding, which was a part of the $111 million awarded.
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Gov. Justice announces 44 art grants at Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg
Gov. Justice joined West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History (WVDACH) Curator Randall Reid-Smith in presenting 44 grants to arts organizations from the surrounding area at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center.

“When I took office, the arts faced an uncertain future in West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “But just like you, I believe they're not just entertainment, but the soul of our state. That's why, from day one, I've fought to protect and grow our artistic tapestry. We've increased funding, saved music programs, and celebrated artists in every corner of West Virginia. Today's 44 grants are another step in that journey. They're an investment in dreams, communities, and the Mountain State's bright future. The arts are the bridges that connect us, the voices that give us strength, and the colors that paint our path forward. Together, we’re continuing to make West Virginia not just a state with artists, but a living, breathing work of art.”
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Gov. Justice celebrates WV Tourism Day at the State Capitol 
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Gov. Justice visits Bonnie Belle's Pastries in Clarksburg
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Also this week:
DoHS provides life skills training for youth transitioning out of foster care

West Virginia Department of Health and the Red Cross encourage blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

Experience the thrill of Sno-Go Ski Biking at Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Contact Information

Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov; CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov


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