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

Join us in celebrating the entrepreneurs and innovators named as finalists in the 2024 PA Wilds BIG IDEA Contest by attending the final pitch competition slated for June 13 at Penn College in Williamsport. The finalists will compete for the chance to win up to $50,000 to develop their small business idea.

Join us on July 25!

Join PA Wilds Center and partners at the PA Wilds Dinner & Awards at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on July 25 to help recognize the contributions made by the individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses named as the 2024 Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

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

May 24 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

May 24, 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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2024 PA Wilds Champion Awards winners announced, registration open for dinner

  2024 PA Wilds Champion Awards winners announced Registration now open for July 25 Dinner & Awards to be held at University of Pittsburgh in Bradford   The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Champions of the PA Wilds Awards. The 2024 Champions…

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Join us for the 2024 PA Wilds $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest final pitch competition!

Come watch six finalists pitch their BIG IDEAS at the 2024 PA Wilds BIG IDEA Contest! Hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, this exciting event will take place on June 13, 2024 at Penn College of Technology, Klump Academic Center, 1034 W. Third Street from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm…

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