Abbi Peters Graduates as Fellow of Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute

Abbi Peters Graduates as Fellow of Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute Peters joins 77 others from across the Region in the Appalachian Leadership Institute Alumni Network On July 15, 2021, Abbi Peters, EVP of Operations at the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. was one of 38 fellows who graduated from the Appalachian Leadership…

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2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to June 30

2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to June 30 The deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 PA Wilds Champion Awards has been extended to June 30, 2021.  Each year, the PA Wilds Center recognizes individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and businesses that have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor…

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New tool to help rural communities build outdoor recreation economies highlights regional PA Wilds strategy

New tool to help rural communities build outdoor recreation economies highlights regional PA Wilds strategy A new toolkit has been developed and released nationally to help rural communities grow their outdoor recreation industries.  Developed by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) in partnership with Oregon State University’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative and the National Governors Association Outdoor…

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PA Wilds Center announces development of new regional ecommerce infrastructure to support rural entrepreneurs

PA Wilds Center announces development of new regional ecommerce infrastructure to support rural entrepreneurs WARREN – This time next year, the nonprofit PA Wilds Center plans to pilot an online marketplace where consumers can buy authentic local products made in the PA Wilds region by a variety of nonprofits and small businesses. Erie-based MakerPlace Inc.…

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Details on COVID-19 Relief Small Business Assistance Program now available

Details on COVID-19 Relief Small Business Assistance Program now available Many new details about the state’s new grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns are now available online. “We are encouraging outfitters, lodges, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, B&Bs, retailers, makers, craft ag food producers, creative services companies and other small Main Street type…

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Grant funding for small businesses in the PA Wilds impacted by COVID

Grant funding for small businesses in the PA Wilds impacted by COVID Governor Tom Wolf on Monday announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order. PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship and The Progress Fund, a non-profit community development financial…

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New report: PA Wilds region hits record high in traveler spending in 2018

New report: PA Wilds region hits record high in traveler spending in 2018 Travelers to the Pennsylvania Wilds in 2018 spent more money than ever before, breaking previous records for the 12-county region in rural north-central Pennsylvania, according to a new report. “Travelers spent more than $1.8 billion in the Pennsylvania Wilds region in 2018…

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