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.
One-page summary of the full economic impact analysis
Exploring the Economic Development Potential of Nature-Based Placemaking
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.
This workshop is targeted towards existing and potential entrepreneurs in your community. Focusing on: business retention, expansion, and recruitment tools and resources; applicable financial resources; the importance of understanding your existing and potential customer; as well as understanding regional economics in becoming a Nature-Based Place.
This workshop is geared towards elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other local community stakeholders to better understand the economic opportunities and social benefits of being a Nature-Based Place.