Counties make West Virginia Almost Heaven

WELCOME to the West Virginia Association of Counties. We are fifty-five reasons why West Virginia is such a wonderful place to live and work, raise our families, and glory in the natural beauty of our hills.

This association provides the tools to assist our elected county officials in making county government work for the benefit of our citizens, promoting the good works from public service, and finding solutions to make West Virginia grow and prosper. Our primary function is coordinating the legislative relations between the counties and the State, influencing legislation at the state capitol in Charleston that affects county government operations and their programs that impact the people. 

Representation

WVACo has considerable state and federal government relations experience.  We work to protect counties from legislation harmful to their dutiful service to citizens.  Knight Consulting provides WVACO with expert property tax law analysis.  WVACo delivers the very best in government-legislative relations.

Support

WVACo offers many programs to better serve counties, including:  risk and workers compensation insurance with the WVCorp risk-pool program; retirement planning with NACo-affiliated partner Nationwide; various personal insurance options provided by Assured Partners and AFLAC; professional training via WVACo Academy; and our Dental/Vision Program administered by Benefits Assistance Corporation and Assured Partners.  

Education

Where does one get marriage and business licenses? Who provides public safety? What support is available to provide local services or recreational needs? The people can find those answers and more on this site and by contacting WVACo and learning Why county government matters.

Counties make WV go!

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We contribute to the un-matched quality of life that is West Virginia. A rich history of coal, glass, natural gas, and timbering, America was built on the backs West Virginians. Tourism is now a growing industry, from hiking & biking, whitewater, skiiing and more…West Virginia Counties have it all.

WVACo is a resource for county government officials and staff to keep “in the know” about each other, about state law and its impact on counties and their citizens, and learn about national trends and issues facing counties across the country to help West Virginia grow and prosper.

COVID Executive Orders

3/26/21 Gov. Justice announces that an investigation into the reason why certain COVID-19-related deaths were not properly reported is being completed.

3/29/21 Gov. Justice announces world’s first Toyota plant vaccination clinic held in West Virginia as vaccine distribution efforts expand.

3/29/21 Governor holds prayer, moment of silence to commemorate one-year anniversary of West Virginia’s first COVID-19-related death.

3/29/21 Gov. Justice announces that, beginning this week, West Virginia will be among the first states in the nation to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to family members and caregivers of residents and staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

3/29/21 Gov. Justice announces that, beginning this week, Walmart and additional independent pharmacies will begin receiving doses of COVID-19 vaccines as part of the federal pharmacy partnership.

3/29/21 At the direction of Gov. Justice, Joint Interagency Task Force Director Jim Hoyer calls upon churches across West Virginia to contact the JIATF for help organizing vaccination clinics for interested members of their congregations.

3/31/21 Gov. Justice announces West Virginia’s vaccine supply will soon increase to 72,000 weekly doses and that a particular emphasis will be placed on bolstering vaccine delivery capabilities in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.

3/31/21 Gov. Justice announces that the state will now begin the process of offering vaccinations to all inmates within the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) system, age 65 and older, who are interested in receiving the vaccine.

3/31/21 Gov. Justice announces that the recent investigation into the reason why certain COVID-19-related deaths were not properly reported has been completed.

3/31/21 Gov. Justice announces that he signed Executive Order 11-21 Monday, which states that WorkForce West Virginia shall not recover or attempt to recover unemployment benefits that were incorrectly but non-fraudulently distributed to claimants.

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