Applications Open for Wilds are Working Initiative in Warren

March 6, 2023

After a successful pilot program in 2022 for The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience, remote workers will have the chance to apply to test out living in two new communities for 2023, Warren and Emporium.

See the original story on Warren being approved

Applications open on March 15 and are due by May 3.

Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission through Ben Franklin Technology Partners and administered by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., this project seeks to help address the issue of outmigration in rural areas by marketing PA Wilds communities as great places to live and work.

Warren, the county seat of Warren County, is located in the northwestern corner of the PA Wilds. With a population of more than 9,000 residents, Warren is one of the larger communities in the PA Wilds, while still holding onto its small-town charm.

The wild and scenic Allegheny River runs through Warren, offering the ability to kayak, fish or take a stroll along the river. Situated in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds
landscape of the PA Wilds, Warren is a perfect location for avid hikers, and mountain bikers will enjoy the trails at Jakes Rocks. Participants selected for Warren will spend the month of August there, giving them the chance to enjoy late summer weather.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this program in Warren and Emporium for 2023,” said Abbi Peters, Chief Operations Officer at the PA Wilds Center. “This is an opportunity for tech and innovation workers who have the flexibility to ‘work from anywhere’ to explore the PA Wilds and find a community that provides a great quality of life. It’s also an opportunity for our region’s communities to look inward at all their great assets to ensure they’re properly positioned for the modern worker and traveler. We believe Warren and Emporium will each offer a very unique experience for the 2023 program.”

Originally piloted in the summer of 2022 in the PA Wilds communities of Bellefonte and Kane, the initiative allows remote workers to live, work, volunteer, and explore all that the rural region has to offer. Participants could come from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a sense of adventure and the ability to work remotely.

Emporium, the county seat of Cameron County, is geographically centered in the “heart of the PA Wilds” and situated between the region’s Elk Country and Dark Skies landscapes. With just under 2,000 residents, this is a small but thriving town.

In Emporium, locally owned shops and restaurants fill the tree-lined Main Street. The town’s historical church district includes stained glass windows from the 1800s, showing its beautiful history.

Bring your bike and enjoy the rails to trails, which cut through the center of town and offer a peaceful retreat. Participants selected for Emporium will spend the month of July in the charming community, which means they will be able to enjoy Independence Day events, summer farmers markets, and other gatherings.

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