Economic Development

May 15, 2019

Renaissance on the River: The Revitalization of Downtown Lock Haven

Nestled in a beautiful valley of the Susquehanna River’s West Branch in the PA Wilds I-80 Frontier landscape lies the city of Lock Haven. Named for the Pennsylvania Canal Locks, which powered Pennsylvania’s logging industry to unbridled prosperity, the town flourished and became universally known as a ‘haven’ for the timber industry. Today Lock Haven is reinventing itself and fast becoming a shining example of the hard work and determination of people in the PA Wilds who refuse to say “die”.

April 26, 2019

Small College Baseball and Softball World Series returns to DuBois May 12-16

Baseball is huge in these PA Wilds, and you don’t have to look hard to find it. Williamsport has been hosting the Little League World Series since 1947 and is also home to the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor-league Class A, short-season affiliate Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League. Now gaining national attention is the city of DuBois, which steps up to the plate and smacks yet another grand slam for the city and the local economy in landing the Small College Baseball and Softball World Series for the second consecutive year.

April 2, 2019

The PA Wilds in Harrisburg – A Future Constituent’s View

Sadie Martonik, a 4th grader from Kane, McKean County, shares her experience visiting the State Capitol in Harrisburg with a delegation from the Pennsylvania Wilds. The delegation included staff of the PA Wilds Center, families and “future constituents” Sadie Martonik, Max and Cole Enos, and Sloane Lewis.

February 16, 2019

Happy National Entrepreneurship Week! Tap into educational resources for entrepreneurs.

Did you know that February 16-23, 2019, is National Entrepreneurship Week? Learn how you can celebrate the creative efforts of entrepreneurs and small businesses, and find out about special webinars and professional development opportunities offered throughout the week!

October 21, 2018

Join PA Wilds Center at the National Summit for Gateway Communities December 11-13

The National Summit for Gateway Communities will be held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, December 11-13. The event will feature experts from conservation, community and economic development, recreation and tourism, planning and other creative fields, who will be sharing success stories and lessons learned, and discussing the future of inspiring gateway and rural communities. PA Wilds Center is proud to be at the table!

September 28, 2018

Taking time to stop, breathe, and share

Sometimes your work moves faster than the speed of communication. That’s how it can feel working for the PA Wilds Center.

September 26, 2018

‘Raising Kane’: Kane’s Re-Birth and Revitalization Goes Uptown

In downtown Kane, PA, sidewalks and roads are undergoing vast improvements, new and established businesses are expanding, parks and memorials are being spruced-up. More cultural events, such as the annual Art in the Wilds Festival, are happening, and an uptown amphitheater hosts concerts, social gatherings and weddings. Things are happening in this Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds town, and PA Wilds contributor Ed Byers recently spoke to local officials to learn more about the revitalization happening there.

August 9, 2018

Happy International Coworking Day!

Did you know August 9 is International Coworking Day? It is designed to raise awareness about coworking and how it benefits employees and communities. Learn more about this modern way of working, how it is taking off nationwide, and where coworking spaces exist in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

May 9, 2018

Coudersport: Carving a Niche in the Modern Economy

In 2004, economic disaster loomed large in Coudersport. Its largest employer, Adelphia, filed bankruptcy and began moving out of town. A full-blown economic recession followed just a few years later. Efforts by a number of individuals throughout the community have helped spur local economic development - and as more and more young people take to the outdoors, tourism is making a resurgence as a major driver of Coudersport and Potter County’s economy.