Welcome to the City of Charleston, West Virginia, where our people are known for genuine hospitality and follow their passions to make our city a great place to live, visit and invest in the future. Charleston is the capital city of West Virginia, and our elected leaders and citizens work every day to develop our city as the cultural, recreational and business capital of the Appalachian Mountain region.
In addition to being a gateway city for the recreational opportunities in the mountains and rivers throughout the surrounding region, Charleston is a destination in and of itself for culture, recreation, fun and exciting experiences for the whole family and all your friends. For example, Charleston hosted the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2008 and the World Championship Chili Cookoff in 2009. Our city attracts visitors who come for many different special events and recreation as well as residents who want to live in a place that is dynamic and fun, friendly and safe, and just feels like home.
In recent years, people with a passion for improving our city have helped to create FestivALL Charleston every June, the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop car show every October, free Friday evening concerts Live on the Levee during the summer and growing neighborhood events in the East End, West Side, Kanawha City and South Hills. In the past decade, Citizens with a vision for building for a better future have led to the creation of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and Appalachian Power Park, home of the Class A West Virginia Power. The face of our city will be further transformed in the coming months by a major renovation project in Haddad Riverfront Park, the new Shoenbaum Stage on the riverfront and the Kanawha Trestle Trail project.
As Mayor of my hometown, I am committed to highlighting the attributes of our city and working with our citizens to improve the quality of life Sharing all of the things that make Charleston such a special place would take several dozen pages and too many gigabytes. So I invite you explore this Web site and its featured links to other pages that will tell the story even more. Thanks for visiting our Web site, and I hope your visit to Charleston – for a weekend or a lifetime – will be rewarding, fun and fulfilling.