Attracting and Supporting Entrepreneurs to Grow Our Nature-Based Economy

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Where: Wheeland Center; 1212 Locust Street. Jersey Shore PA 17740        

Cost: $10
*includes: lunch and refreshments


Registration for Workshop#2 is now closed

*Tickets are nonrefundable, purchase by October 27*  



Workshop Presentations


Laurel Highlands Presentation 
Clinton County Arts Presentation
PA Downtown Center Presentation
          SGP Presentation




 Ann Nemanic

After moving to Pennsylvania in 1991, Ann became Director of Sales & Marketing for Mountain View Inn, an independently owned Historic Hotel of America. After 14 years with the property she moved into Destination Marketing with the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and served as the Vice President of Partnership & Business Development for 12 years before being appointed as he Executive Director in 2017. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Allegheny Trail Alliance, Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation and the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce. If you're looking for a new excursion in the Laurel Highlands, follow Ann on Facebook and Twitter where she is always promoting th every best the beautiful Laurel Highlands has to offer.

 Steve Getz

Steve is a graduate of Lycoming College and began his career as a product designer for the C.A. Reed corporation. For the past 25 years, he has been a partner in The Idea Factory, a marketing and design company specializing in corporate identity programs, advertising, and marketing campaigns, museum displays, and surface design for various consumer products. Steve is extremely involved in community enrichment programs, serving on the boards of the Clinton County Arts Council and the Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. He is the festival director for the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, PA where over 100 major exhibits have been held since opening in 2012. He collaborates with regional art organizations, local and state governments to enhance opportunities in the visual and performing arts throughout the region.

Ta Enos

Ta Enos is founder and Executive Director of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), a regional nonprofit dedicated to integrating conservation and economic development in a way that strengthens and inspires communities. In
this position, Ta oversees the PA Wilds Center’s programs, which include The
Wilds Cooperative of PA; PA Wilds Licensing; PA Wilds Conservation Shop gift
shops; Regional Marketing; Community Character and Natural Resources Stewardship; PA Wilds Champion Awards; PA Wilds Mini Grants; and Youth Outreach & Entrepreneurship. Ta works with entrepreneurs, tourism businesses, artisans, producers, manufacturers and other businesses to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy. Ta grew up in Warren County where she helped her sister grow Allegheny Outfitters, a business in the region, which included writing and publishing the Allegheny River Paddling Guide (2007). Prior to moving home to
Pennsylvania in 2006, Ta worked as a news reporter and editor in Alaska for 10

Julie Fitzpatrick

Since she has been with Pennsylvania Downtown Center since 2005, Julie has been involved with a variety of projects in communities all over the commonwealth. Currently, she is working with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on a project focused on Nature-Based Placemaking. Julie has a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Anthropology from Temple University, and has done coursework in their landscape architecture program.  She served on the board of the Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network (SSBN) for more than six years and is currently on the board for the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council, the Susquehanna Riverlands Leadership Committee, and a member of the Pennsylvania Pedestrian & Pedacycle Advisory Committee. She serves her local community by sitting on the board of the Marietta Restoration Associates.

Stephen Neun

Dr. Stephen Neun currently serves as Professor of Economics and Dean of the Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services. He earned his PH.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut.  In 1982 he joined the faculty at Utica College and while at the institution he was promoted to full professor, earned the Distinguished Award and Harold Clark Jr. Award for Scholarship.  Dr. Neun has co-authored a book on Health Economics that is currently in its sixth edition an
d wrote articles on executive compensation, stock ownership, and physician location. Prior to becoming Dean at Lock Haven University, he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch University at New England.





Special thanks to our Partners:


Downtown Lock Haven

Jersey Shore Revitalization Team

City of Williamsport

Lock Haven University

LHU Small Business Development Center

Clinton County Economic Partnership

Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

The Progress Fund

PA Downtown Center

PA Wilds Center

SEDA-Council of Governments


Special thanks to our Funders:


Appalachian Regional Commission

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources