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Economic Development

June 30, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Visitors and the PA Wilds Center Team

Our final Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our visitors, and to the dedicated Board, staff and core contractors who support the PA Wilds effort, day in and day out. It takes a special group to found, structure, fund and build a regional nonprofit dedicated to advancing generational, transformational work in a distressed rural landscape.

June 29, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: PA Wilds Planning Team, Municipalities, Elected Officials

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the PA Wilds Planning Team and the many county and municipal partners and elected officials who are helping us grow the outdoor rec economy in the PA Wilds to revitalize rural communities.

June 28, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Corporate and Workforce Collaborators

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our many corporate and workforce partners who are helping us revitalize rural communities through outdoor rec development!

June 27, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Philanthropic and National Partners

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to our philanthropic and national partners who are helping us revitalize rural communities in the PA Wilds by growing the region’s outdoor recreation economy.

June 25, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Heritage and Nonprofit Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to the many heritage and nonprofit partners who are helping to grow the outdoor economy in the PA Wilds. Under BBBRC, several of these partners would complete projects in their wheelhouses that would grow the region's outdoor rec industry cluster, such as installing bike repair stations along Route 6, doing an assessment of the PA Wilds as a cycling destination, completing the Brady Tunnel project (a top-10 PA trail gap), bringing new hiking guidebooks to market, and more!

June 21, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Artisans and Makers

The PA Wilds outdoor rec cluster includes hundreds of artisans and makers. Although we don't have space here to write about all of these entrepreneurs (that's what WildsCOPA.org is for!), we're taking a moment to highlight one in Cameron County, Rich Valley Apiary and Rich Valley Wines.

June 20, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Business Service Providers

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the robust network of business service providers that work with us to grow the region’s outdoor rec economy. As rural businesses or entrepreneurs involved in our ecosystem look to start or expand, we connect them to this network for technical assistance, to explore financing options, and for professional development opportunities.

June 15, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Tourism spending in the PA Wilds has grown 46% over the last decade, supporting the startup and expansion of many breweries, distilleries, and wineries. These job and wealth creators help make rural communities more vibrant, and play a key role in growing the region’s outdoor rec economy by serving visitors and promoting local and regional recreation and cultural assets as part of their brands. Many have done inspired co-branding projects with the PA Wilds.

June 14, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: DCED and PA Council on the Arts

Today’s Great Outdoors Month gratitude post goes to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and the PA Council on the Arts (PCA). These two key parts of PA Wilds' story have been a part of it each step of the way.

June 10, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Economic Development Districts

The PA Wilds region is served by four Economic Development Districts, or EDDs, also called Local Development Districts, or LDDs (alphabet soup, we know!): North Central PA Regional Planning and Development, Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, SEDA-COG, and Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission. Learn how they support our mission.