From staff reports
Winners of the Oil Region Alliance’s outdoor recreation business plan contest were announced during Friday’s Christmas Past celebration in Oil City.
First place and a $10,000 prize went to Adam Diem of Oil Valley Gravel LLC for expansion of the Roughneck Gravel Roubaix bike race based in Titusville over Memorial Day Weekend.
Second place and a $5,000 prize went to Erin Wanninger and Marcy Hall of Woods and River Coffee in Oil City for outdoor seating, bike parking, bike fix-it station, and an overlook of the Allegheny River at their coffee shop.
Attendees entered two free drawings. A $200 gift card from Outdoor Allegheny River Services (OARS) for kayak rentals or ax throwing was won by Danny Delong, and a bike from 4 Season Cycle was won by Brady Cubitt.
Contest participants submitted a concept paper judged on the following criteria — relevance/importance to natural outdoor recreation economic development, viability of the business idea, economic impact on the region and presentation quality.
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