PA Wilds Center releases 2022 Annual Report online

The nonprofit PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) has released its Annual Report for 2022, detailing some of the regional nonprofit’s top achievements over the calendar year.

The report features the top highlights, accomplishments, and challenges of a year when the entire world was emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, the PA Wilds Center held its first in-person PA Wilds Champion Awards and Dinner celebration since 2019. As more of the workforce transitioned to being “digital nomads,” the Center began a three-year project for allowing remote workers to “test drive” what it’s like to like in the PA Wilds, called The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience.

“During those challenging times, we held our families a little closer. We prioritized wellbeing. We supported our small businesses. We realized how important human connection is, and how important nature is. People who felt they finally had a chance to chase their dreams did just that – whether it was by starting a business or finding the best outdoor recreation destination to live in while working remotely,” said Ta Enos, Founder and CEO of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship. “These shifts infiltrated the very fabric of the work we do at PA Wilds Center in many ways – both at the individual, human level and at the organizational, programmatic level.”

Other accomplishments included a partnership with Leave No Trace, the launch of the Shop the PA Wilds Digital Gift Card, the hiring of a communications manager, a shift from quarterly partner update newsletters to monthly, and the continued retrofitting of the PA Wilds Media Lab to prepare for its grand opening in 2023.

The PA Wilds Center has published its annual report online at PAWildsCenter.org/about-us.

The nonprofit aims to reduce waste and its environmental impact by distributing the report electronically, starting with the first only-digital report last year. The 2022 Annual Report is also the first truly annual report for the Center, which has stepped away from doing a bi-annual report in favor of more frequent updates to regional stakeholders as well.

As part of the move toward a true annual report, the format of the 2022 Annual Report was adjusted so that updates are now organized by the nonprofit’s core programs, with a separate section for Key Financial Highlights, instead of the four overarching buckets of activities (known as BUDS: Bring, Unify, Deliver & Steward). The core programs include: Regional Planning & Partnerships (RPP), Regional Marketing (RGM), Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), PA Wilds Licensing (PWL), and Sustainable Commerce (SCM). The report is color coded with sections for each program, creating opportunities for stakeholders to dive deeper into the impacts of each. The annual distribution and new organization format ultimately will create more transparency by making it easier for stakeholders to access the most recent data and better visualize how these programs – all part of the PA Wilds Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – are working together toward the Center’s mission of integrating conservation and economic development in the Conservation Landscape.

The 2023 Annual Report is expected to be released later this year.

For more information, visit PAWildsCenter.org/about-us.

 

ABOUT THE PA WILDS

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center promotes the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination as a way to diversify local economies, inspire stewardship, attract investment, retain population and improve quality of life. The PA Wilds Center’s core programs seek to help businesses leverage the PA Wilds brand and connect with new market opportunities, including: the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a network of over 300 place-based businesses and organizations, and the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, a retail outlet primarily featuring products sourced from the WCO. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit www.PAWildsCenter.org. To learn more about the WCO, visit www.WildsCoPA.org. Explore the PA Wilds at www.PAWilds.com. Find regionally made products at www.ShopThePAWilds.com

 

Media Contact

Britt Madera | Communications Manager

PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc.

[email protected] | 570-948-1051

 

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