Studies & Reports

2019 – PA Wilds Economic Impact National Reports

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) “Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia”

10 Case Studies in Economic Resilience – PA Wilds & McKean County, Pennsylvania – moving multiple sectors forward for economic development. See the report.

McKean County benefits from the coordinated Pennsylvania Wilds effort, which includes regional planning, community character and natural resource stewardship, public and private investments, operation of a regional value chain of local products and services tied to the regional brand, and a successful marketing campaign.

ARC Case Studies in Economic Resilience

National Governors Association Report “Rural Prosperity through the Arts & Creative Sector” See the report.

The northwest region of Pennsylvania includes a rural region known as the “Pennsylvania Wilds.” In that region, the Wild’s Cooperative of Pennsylvania
is a program of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship. The Wilds Cooperative is working to develop tourism to increase the exposure of the local artisans.

Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector Report


U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’s 2016 Arts and Cultural Production report: $23 billion is added to Pennsylvania’s economy from the arts sector, 175,000 are working in the arts, and $11.2 billion is earned by these producers. See report.


An Overlooked Economic Giant – Outdoor Recreation is Big Business: Each year, Americans spend $887 billion on outdoor recreation.

Outdoor Industry Association

Pennsylvania – 5th in the Nation in Outdoor Recreation Consumer Spending

  • The Outdoor Industry Association examined the impact of spending on outdoor recreation in 2017. In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending, $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue, $8.6 billion in wages and salaries, and sustains 251,000 direct Pennsylvania jobs.
  • In 2017, Pennsylvania ranked 5th in the nation for spending on outdoor recreation. The OIA went on to report that 56% of Pennsylvania residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.

Communities across Pennsylvania recognize that outdoor recreation supports, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly—attracts and sustains employers and families. Investing in outdoor infrastructure attracts employers and active workforces, ensuring those communities thrive economically and socially.

Download the Outdoor Recreation Economy 2017 Report

Outdoor Recreation Economy 2017 Report


ROI Study on PA Wilds Region (2012)



PA Wilds Impact Report (2010)



National Studies

Early Studies on the Pennsylvania Wilds