Economic Development

May 24, 2023

Planning a trip to the PA Grand Canyon? Here’s what you need to know for summer 2023

While the Pine Creek Valley and the PA Grand Canyon landscape within the PA Wilds region will be just as picturesque as ever, ongoing renovations at one of the state parks mean that you’ll want to see the views of the PA Grand Canyon from a different perspective this year. You’ll also need to visit the PA Wilds Conservation Shop mobile unit in a new location for this summer if you’re looking to pick up some special souvenirs to celebrate your trip.

May 16, 2023

The Wilds are Working is back in 2023: See the small towns poised to transform WFH culture

In 2022, The Wilds are Working was unveiled as a chance for remote workers to experience life in a charming downtown in Pennsylvania’s Wilds while enjoying outdoor adventure, all while working remotely. The opportunity provided paid housing and a stipend for local experiences that ranged from dining to recreation. More than that, it created the chance for remote workers to visualize their life in a place where livability, outdoor recreation, and close communities lived hand in hand. After two successful experiences in Bellefonte and Kane, The Wilds are Working is back in 2023 with opportunities in Emporium and Warren.

April 13, 2023

Test out living in the PA Wilds this summer for free

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the PA Wilds? Are you paying rent in a large city but you have a remote job and are thinking, “Why should I live here when I could do this job from anywhere?” If you live outside of the PA Wilds but want to “test drive” what it’s like to live there, you have the opportunity to apply for The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience. After a successful pilot program in 2022, remote workers have the chance to apply to test out living in two new communities for 2023. Those communities will be Emporium and Warren.

March 15, 2023

Emporium and Warren will host remote workers in 2023 Wilds Are Working initiative

If you live outside of the PA Wilds but want to "test drive" what it's like to live here, you have the opportunity to apply for The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience. The 2023 communities are Emporium (Cameron County) and Warren (Warren County). Applications open on March 15 and are due by May 3, available at

January 12, 2023

Allegheny National Forest will hire 10 interns, applications due by January 27

The USDA Forest Service is hiring temporary student trainees (interns) across the nation, including 10 summer interns in the Allegheny National Forest. Internships are available in social sciences, administrative support, natural resources, engineering, and other exciting and rewarding career paths. The ANF plans to bring on these student interns in one of six career fields. Applications are due by January 27, 2023.

November 22, 2022

Reasons to shop small this holiday season in the PA Wilds

When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, put your money where your mouth is and shop small! When you shop at a locally owned business in the Pennsylvania Wilds, you’re helping to support our rural economy and keep those dollars within the PA Wilds region. Don’t believe that shopping small makes a difference? Here are eight reasons why!

November 4, 2022

“All about connections:” Kane’s remote worker initiative showcases outdoor adventure and belonging

Kane, a community in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds Landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, became home for five remote workers in September. Coming from all walks of life — and all across the country — these individuals got three weeks to explore, make connections and enjoy the outdoor recreation that Kane offers in spades.

October 11, 2022

The Wilds Are Working in Kane: Meet the Participants

In the second iteration of a remote work experience by The Pennsylvania Wilds this year, Kane — in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds Landscape of the Wilds — has become the temporary home to six individuals. These participants are from all different areas of the country and have been working, living, and playing in Kane for the past month. While living in the PA Wilds region, the participants get to enjoy everything that Kane has to offer. 

September 14, 2022

PA Wilds Makers Market, November 5-6, offers virtual holiday shopping, deals and artisan studio tours

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support PA Wilds artisans! On November 5-6, 2022, tune in to from anywhere to easily find products, services and experiences proudly made in the Pennsylvania Wilds. During the PA Wilds Makers Market, visitors to the PA Wilds Marketplace will be able to learn more about the PA Wilds artisans selling handmade wares.

September 6, 2022

PA Wilds digital community gift cards now available for purchase

Those wishing to support small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region now have a new tool to do so. People from anywhere can now make sure their dollars stay within the region by purchasing the new Shop the PA Wilds digital community gift card for friends, family or even coworkers.