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About Huntington District

ABOUT Huntington District: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District is headquartered in Huntington and is one of 43 Corps Districts worldwide. It is responsible for 311 miles of the Ohio River, along with the tributary rivers and drainage basins that flow into the Ohio River. In all, the District employs nearly 800 people and encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.

Location:  Huntington area is located in the heart of the Tri-State region of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. This area is just a few hours’ drive from Pittsburgh, PA, Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH and Louisville, KY along a strategic east-west corridor.

Government:  The City of Huntington operates under a mayor/city council form of government. The mayor is elected to four-year terms in partisan elections contested at the same time as United States presidential elections. Mayors in Huntington are term-limited to three terms and have the authority to veto acts of the city council.

Climate:  Huntington's position in the westernmost and lowest area of the state gives the city a perfect four seasons, with each season beginning around the calendar date Huntington is made humid by the Ohio River, but summers are not as hot as they are further south and west. The warm season lasts from May 23 to September 19 with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 86°F and low of 67°F. The cold season lasts from December 2 to February 25 with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low o 25°F and high of 41°F.

Health Care:  The two largest hospitals in Huntington are St. Mary's Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. St. Mary's and Cabell-Huntington are jointly designated as the only trauma center in the region. St. Mary's is the largest medical facility in the tri-state region and is a teaching facility associated with the Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine. The hospital campus is home to the St. Mary's School of Nursing, the St. Mary's School of Radiologic Technology, and the St. Mary’s School of Respiratory Care. All three programs are associated with Marshall University. St. Mary's is also home to a regional heart institute, regional cancer center, and regional neuroscience center. Cabell Huntington, also a teaching hospital and home to the Marshall University Medical Center, which includes the Joan C. Edwards Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Cabell Huntington is also home to the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Hoops Family Children's Hospital, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health.

Education:  The residents of Huntington are served by the Cabell and Wayne County School Systems, which include Huntington High School, Cabell Midland High School,Spring Valley High School, Cabell County Career Technology Center, five middle schools, and 19 elementary schools. Private schools include Grace Christian School (a regionally accredited, evangelical school), Covenant School, and St. Joseph Catholic School (a regionally accredited, Catholic school). Also, 3 of the top 7 high schools in West Virginia are located in nearby communities. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia/rankings 

Higher Education:  Huntington is also home to colleges and universities including Marshall University, Mountwest Community & Technical College, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, the Huntington Junior College, St. Mary's School of Nursing and the Tri-State Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.