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.

Wilds Are Working

Are you interested in testing out what it is like to live, work and play in the Pennsylvania Wilds region? Apply to the Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience by April 19 for a chance to live in Saint Marys or Williamsport for a month this summer, with lodging covered and a living stipend provided!

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

April 12 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

April 12, 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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Request for Proposals: Wilds Cooperative of PA Governance Planning Consultant

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (Center) seeks a consultant to support strategic planning and the development of a Governance Plan for the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO). The WCO is a value chain network of more than 600 creative entrepreneurs, organizations and communities based in the highly rural Pennsylvania Wilds region, a premier outdoor…

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Deadline approaching – Apply by April 18 deadline for 2024 BIG IDEA Contest

Attention innovators in Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, and Tioga Counties, PA: Apply now for a chance to win $50,000 for your groundbreaking idea! The deadline for the 2024 BIG IDEA Contest is fast approaching, on April 18, 2024, at bfcnp.org/PA-Wilds-24. The BIG IDEA Contest, presented by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA…

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