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Commissioner, West Virginia Division of Tourism
90 MacCorkle Avenue SW
South Charleston WV 25303
For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Jacqueline Proctor, Deputy Commissioner
West Virginia Division of Tourism
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wvcommerce.org, (304) 957-9312
West Virginia native Betty Carver was reappointed Commissioner of Tourism in February 2005, after having served as Commissioner and Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Commerce since April 2003.
Carver is responsible for managing the West Virginia Division of Tourism, an agency under the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The Division oversees marketing, advertising, public information and communications efforts for the state’s tourism industry and manages an advertising partnership program that provides matching funds to tourism industry partners. The Division includes a Call and Fulfillment Center and eight Welcome Centers.
Prior to being named commissioner, Carver served as Deputy Commissioner of Tourism from January 2001 to April 2003. Working with local and state officials and the tourism industry, she directed community relations programs and worked to establish public-private partnerships to benefits small businesses and communities. She planned and coordinated the 2001 World Rafting Championship, the first international competition held in the United States days after 9-11. She participated in the Division’s international marketing efforts, traveling to the United Kingdom and Germany on one of the Governor’s economic development missions. She continues to participate in these international trade missions as commissioner.
From 1996 to 2001, Carver served as director of Community Relations for the Division of Tourism. She was responsible for the development of outdoor recreation activities, including cycling and trails. She provided strategic community relations support through her management of the Welcome Centers and as liaison with the state’s Convention and Visitors Bureaus and industry associations.
Before joining the Division, Carver was director of Scheduling and Advance for Governor Gaston Caperton from 1989 to 1996. She served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General and as appointments coordinator for Governor Jay Rockefeller during his term as Governor.
Carver represents the state on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Executive Council for Tourism Development, serves on the boards of the Southern Travel Directors Council, Travel South U.S.A. and Cabin Creek Quilts and is a member of the Tourism Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the National Coal Heritage Area Authority steering committee. She co-chaired the Public Image Committee of a Vision Shared.