Nature-Based Placemaking

PDC Joins Statewide Partners in GORP for PA’s Recreation Economy Coalition

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Pennsylvania Director of Outdoor Recreation Nathan Reigner joined Wolf administration officials and a new Recreation Engagement Coalition (REC) to kick off discussions on growing Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation sector. PDC was honored to be invited to this conversation alongside other statewide partners.

How Outdoor Recreation Strengthens Your Local Economy

Outdoor recreation generates $28.5 billion in economic activity in the state of Pennsylvania each year. Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Downtown Center undertook a comprehensive study to understand how the state’s natural assets can serve as an economic driver for its local communities. This session will summarize the study’s findings, including how outdoor recreation impacts the local and statewide economy and the ways in which Nature-Based Placemaking strategies can help direct spending from recreational visitors to local businesses.

Presented by Jon Stover, founder and Managing Partner of Jon Stover & Associates and Leslie Gray, AICP, this session will summarize the study’s findings, including how outdoor recreation impacts the local and statewide economy and the ways in which Nature-Based Placemaking strategies can help direct spending from recreational visitors to local businesses. Recorded July 13, 2021

Nature-Based Placemaking Handbook

This handbook was developed through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC), a statewide nonprofit corporation. The concepts and methodologies that follow may be applied as a way for communities that are looking to utilize their natural recreational resources as assets to grow and enhance their community and economic development strategies.

Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Executive Summary

One-page summary of the full economic impact analysis

Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Economy

Exploring the Economic Development Potential of Nature-Based Placemaking

Nature-Based Placemaking; Connecting Nature, Commerce & Community

Journey across the state of Pennsylvania to see the real, on the ground impact of outdoor recreation. Traversing trail communities and gathering perspectives from all aspects – small business owners, investors, thought leaders in entrepreneurship and trail culture – this piece illustrates how nature-based placemaking can improve the economic vitality, quality of life, and sense of place within a community. This is about more than just a physical connection between a town and a recreational asset – it’s a vehicle for the entire community to be embraced and cultivated.

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