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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DCNR Funds New Signage In PA Wilds

29 communities, small businesses get new signs with help from PA Wilds
The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team is pleased to announce that awards have been granted in the Pennsylvania Wilds Business Signage Program and the Pennsylvania Wilds Community Signage Program, and that new signs are beginning to go up across the region. At least one community or business sign was awarded to every county in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The program provided up to $1,000 to business owners to upgrade existing business signage, and up to $3,000 to communities to construct welcome signage. The program was funded by $25,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, and $25,000 from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“The primary goal is to help people improve the look and feel of their communities,” said Pennsylvania Wilds Community Outreach Specialist Sam MacDonald. “Great business and welcome signage can make communities more inviting to locals and visitors alike.”

“We were thrilled with the response to the program,” MacDonald added. “We received 63 applications in total, requesting more than $110,000 in funding. We think that we selected a strong group that illustrates all the things that great signage can do. We also worked very hard to use this process to educate people about resources that already exist, especially the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide and websites like We didn’t design the signs. The businesses and communities did, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the creative and innovative ideas they have developed.”

The following businesses were awarded signage grants: Copy Katz/Endeavor News; Black Moshannon Lodge; Bells & Whistles; St. Charles CafĂ©; Winkler Gallery of Art; Darlene’s; Summit Motel; Grant’s Pass; Wapiti Woods; Old Charm Bed & Breakfast; Riverside Campground; Firestone Forge; Blackwell Church; Tioga Central Railroad; and J. Lauren Interior Design.

The following entities were awarded community signage grants: Sylvan Heritage Council (Emporium, Cameron County); New Bethlehem Borough; Coalport Borough; Renovo Borough; Benezette; Johnsonburg Borough; St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce; Jones Township; Forest County; Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce; Lafayette Township; Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau; Clarendon Borough; Sheffield Township.

The community welcome signs will all incorporate the Pennsylvania Wilds logo in some way, so be on the lookout for them! Anyone who would like more information about the program should contact Pennsylvania Wilds community outreach specialist Sam MacDonald at Elected officials and media members are especially urged to get in touch.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh..come see our PAWilds
and our Turbines too.

Anonymous said...

3:05:00 PM
Don't worry, THEY WILL!!!