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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford




Building Entrepreneurial Capacity in Natural Tourism in Northwestern Pennsylvania


The objective of this project is to encourage entrepreneurial growth around a fledgling trail town program organized by the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. Though extractive industries remain part of Northwestern Pennsylvanias economy, many rural communities, particularly those adjacent to the area's numerous state and national parks, also have opportunities to build sustainable, natural tourism industries.  However, it is also the case that few communities have the economic infrastructure to meet potential demand for goods and services associated with natural tourism.  In the fall of 2011, students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will partner with the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau to (1) conduct focus group research and assess the entrepreneurial assets and needs of six communities in the trail system and (2) conduct a phone survey and research the economic development strategies of other trail-oriented towns in Appalachia.

Presentation
Final Report



Contact Information:

Dr. William Schumann
Visiting Instructor
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
Telephone: 814-362-7620

E-Mail:  wrs18@pitt.edu



Previous Conference Participation:  2010


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CURRENT PARTICIPANTS

Alfred State

Appalachian State University

Auburn University

East Tennessee State University

Fairmont State University

Frostburg State University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Radford University

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

University of North Georgia

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

University of Tennessee

Zane State College


PAST PARTICIPANTS

Emory and Henry College

Mississippi State University

Mississippi University for Women

Morehead State University

Northeast Alabama Community College

Ohio University

Shawnee State University

Virginia Tech



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