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


*Tickets are nonrefundable, purchase by October 27*  



 9:30 a.m. - Registration, refreshments and networking

10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

10:10 a.m. - Keynote Address

                    Successful Partnerships for Promoting & Supporting Outdoor Recreation

                    Ann Nemanic, CTIS, Exec. Director, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau


                    Ann will discuss how collaborative partnerships, innovative marketing, and 
                    customizing trip itineraries have improved the outdoor recreation economy

                    along the Great Allegheny Passage.

10:50 a.m. - Breakout Work Groups - Roll-up your sleeves and put on your thinking caps.                             These facilitated work groups will take the learnings from the Great                                               Allegheny Passage and develop solutions for our region. 

                      - Breakout Topics:

                                        1. Collaborative Partnerships and Marketing - this group will                                                             brainstorm how communities, businesses, and visitors                                                                   bureaus  collaborate to promote our region as a                                                                             destination for outdoor recreation, heritage                                                                                      tourism, and the arts.

                                       2. Fun and Festive Trip Itineraries - this group will brainstorm                                                             customized trip itineraries for groups coming to the                                                                         region that want to explore outdoor recreation                                                                                and cultural  tourism in our region.

11:30 a.m. - Report Out for Work Groups and Morning Session Wrap-Up

11:45 a.m. - Introduction of Lunch Table Discussion Topic - What are we missing?                                                 Tables will discuss the types of products, services, and events                                                       that are needed to improve outdoor recreation and cultural                                                             tourism  in our region.

12:00 p.m. - Lunch with Table Discussions 

12:45 p.m. - Report of Table Discussion 

1:00 p.m. - Strategies, Structures, and Venues for Attracting and Supporting                                     Entrepreneurs Speaker Panel: 

                      Ta Enos, PA Wilds Center

                      Meg Finn, Lycoming Arts Alliance

                      Steve Getz, Clinton County Arts Council 

                      Stephen Neun, Dean, College of Business, Lock Haven University

                      Julie Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania Downtown Center

2:00 p.m. - Next Steps: 

                   Priority Action Strategies

2:30 p.m. - Adjourn


*Save the Date* Workshop #3: "Starting a Successful
                                             Nature-Based Business"
                                           When: December 6, 2017
                                           Where: Lock Haven University, Small Business Development Center
            Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM



Ann Nemanic

After moving to Pennsyvlania 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 Laural Highlans 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 exursion 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.

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 fromthe 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 and 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.

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.






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