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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teams Brainstorm To Boost Area Tourism

Teams Brainstorm To Boost Area Tourism

December 1st, 2012
pawildsdarkskiesteamSeveral dozen people recently gathered in St. Marys for a strategic workshop geared toward capitalizing on the region’s tourism potential. The second annual Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team regional conference on sustainable development was titled, “Connecting Nature, Economy, and Community Character.” Participants broke into nine teams to develop plans to boost tourism related to the region’s natural and cultural assets. One group worked on a plan to support the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail. A team from the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region worked on that organization’s management plan update. 

Among participants on a team developing plans for Galeton to become a “gateway community” for the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Preserve were (from left) Terri Dennison, David Brooks, Cindy Pflug, Sarah Dippold, Teri Batterson and Audrey Patterson.

Teams were comprised of community leaders, elected officials, business owners, land managers and tourism professionals. “Residents know best what projects have potential in their areas,” said Planning Team chair Dan Glotz. “But it is sometimes hard to find the time or opportunity to get the right people around the table to advance these good ideas or tie them into what is going on regionally with tourism.”

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I noticed a strange phenomenon when I travel to places. Sometimes I will be there and I will have all these cool places I want to see and I will ask locals about them and many of them are unfamiliar with them despite living near them.

I think the same is true of a lot of places. I live here and I'm probably not nearly as aware of the events and attractions in this area as I should be.

Maybe one of the things we could do is better organize the major events and attractions we already have available.

Besides this website I really have no idea whats going on around here and I live here. Maybe we need a website dedicated to local events and attractions.