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Life in West Virginia

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About West Virginia

West Virginia is a state of extreme beauty, including 2,032 miles of whitewater (the greatest density of whitewater in the country), 1.5 million acres of public land (state parks and forests and the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve), and 4000+ roped and bouldering routes. There may be no better place for an outdoor enthusiast than West Virginia. Beyond the natural beauty of the state, you’ll find amenities and institutions usually identified with larger metropolitan areas. The state boasts historic resorts like the Greenbrier and is home to a variety of arts and culture (local galleries, museums, and performing arts venues). It is known for authentic mountain music with a distinct Appalachian sound that owes to influences from folk, bluegrass, gospel and more. There are one-of-a-kind historical destinations and 44 colleges and universities of varying sizes and types. The state of West Virginia is leading the way in recruiting remote workers seeking a lifestyle steeped in outdoor recreation and adventure with a sense of community connection and shared purpose. If this sounds appealing to you, look no further. The program is described below and in the individual offer pages for specific regional areas. “Ascend WV is a talent attraction and retention program designed to support remote professionals and their families as they relocate to West Virginia in pursuit of high quality of life and an outdoor-driven lifestyle. Experience work-life balance through community, purpose, and the outdoors in the mountains of West Virginia.” Ascend WV was founded with a “shared vision for innovation and a deep love for the mountains of West Virginia.” In 2022, Brad D. Smith returned to his mountain home after a very successful career in Silicon Valley. He became the 38th president of Marshall University while he and his wife Alys, an accomplished attorney, undertook significant philanthropic work that includes this recognized talent attraction and retention program. Mr. Smith credits West Virginia as the foundation for his own success and wants to share the place he loves with others. As Ascend WV says, “let our country roads take you home to the place you belong.”



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The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere at 1,700 feet. Individuals can parachute and bungee jump off the bridge each year on “Bridge Day,” when it is closed to traffic.
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