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News and preventive responses in Pennsylvania are evolving rapidly in both the public and private sectors. Local, state, and national public health officials are working around the clock to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. This includes business assistance resources to offset the negative economic impacts accompanying the virus.

Due to growing health concerns around the Coronavirus, The Wilds Cooperative of PA
encourages all entrepreneurs to review recent updates from the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

We’ve updated our home page to help point our members to more resources during this time. 


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Latest News

Gov. Wolf Announces Additional Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

New funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund.

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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Creative Writing

New Literary Journal, Centered on The Wilds, is Seeking Your Creative Writing

Over the past months, a team of talented authors, editors and publishing experts has laid the groundwork for the forthcoming Northern Appalachia Review. Please consider submitting your creative writing.

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The only cohort focused on business growth in the PA Wilds.


Together, we’re
building rural
Pennsylvania’s largest network of creative entrepreneurs!

Our creative artists and entrepreneurs (you) can influence our regional brand and visitor experience in a unique way.
The Wilds Cooperative (WCO) is proud to be building one of rural PA’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, helping them network and learn from each other, and bringing products to market that reflect our region’s natural beauty, bounty and rural traditions, while giving an economic boost to our communities.

The Power of a
Place-Based Brand

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is a key part of a regional strategy to grow nature and heritage tourism across 13 counties in rural PA, to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life.