Helping Revitalize Rural Communities through Outdoor Recreation Development

Leading a Locally Informed Regional Strategy, 20 Years in the Making

Building Rooted Local Wealth by Growing Small Businesses

Being Good Stewards of our Region's Unique Character

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PA Wilds Big Idea Contest

Calling all entrepreneurs and innovators in Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga Counties! Apply for the 2024 PA Wilds BIG IDEA Contest by April 18, 2024! After applying to the contest, the selected finalists will compete in a pitch competition for the chance to win up to $50,000 to develop their small business idea.

Nominate a Champion!

Each year, PA Wilds Center recognizes individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses that in the last year have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism. Nine categories are open for public nominations until April 1!

Economic Recovery Corps

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a Host Community for the Economic Recovery Corps (ERC), made possible by the Economic Development Administration. PA Wilds Center's project looks at "Advancing Rural PA's Outdoor Recreation Sector" to accelerate job creation and increase connectivity and capacity.

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The Latest PA Wilds Center News

Saint Marys and Williamsport to host remote workers for 2024 Wilds Are Working initiative

Saint Marys and Williamsport to host remote workers for 2024 Wilds Are Working initiative Application opens March 6, submissions due by April 19   Remote workers will have the chance to apply for an opportunity to test out living in two new Pennsylvania Wilds communities for 2024: Saint Marys and Williamsport. After two successful years,…

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February 23 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

February 23, 2024 Weekly Digest: Recent News from the PA Wilds The PA Wilds Weekly Digest is a roundup of news articles about the PA Wilds, the region’s public lands and its Landscapes and Journeys that have been published over the past week. Note: some of the news websites may have paywalls that prevent you…

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PA Wilds region positioned well to leverage the growing outdoor recreation economy

PA Wilds region positioned well to leverage the growing outdoor recreation economy Pennsylvania’s strong outdoor recreation economy has continued to grow, with new statistics proving that the public lands and related outdoor opportunities are a boon to not just health and leisure, but also contribute to the economic competitiveness of the commonwealth and the wages…

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