About the West Chester BID
The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2000 and renewed in 2005 and 2010 to fund and implement programs that reflect three general goals:
- increase customer traffic and sales
- retain, expand and recruit viable businesses
- to advocate the interests of downtown to government agencies
See the West Chester BID Five Year Plan 2011 - 2015.
See the current West Chester BID Boundaries.
See the 2011 Audit.
See 2012 Annual Report presented to the West Chester Borough Council.
Funding is generated by an annual assessment equitably shared by all commercial properties in the district. The assessment rate is calculated as .00275 of assessed value of the commercial portion of the property. 100% of the funds collected go toward programs of the West Chester BID. The BID is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors made up of downtown business and property owners. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 8am at the BID office, 119 N High St.
The mission of the Downtown West Chester BID is to create a partnership among
the business and property owners to achieve long-term economic growth for business in
Downtown West Chester.
The vision of the West Chester Business Improvement District is to celebrate and encourage engagement in the features that make West Chester special, including:
- West Chester's 300-year history;
- outstanding architecture such as buildings designed by Thomas U. Walter and T. Roney Williamson;
- public art such as the Stone Reliefs by Harry Rosin;
- walkability as demonstrated by the uninterrupted sidewalks throughout the Borough;
- an inclusive culture and demographic diversity of the population;
- contribution to the performing arts by the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance and West Chester University;
- the marketing of downtown as a shopping and dining destination as the region's social gathering place;
- supporting cultural events presented by such institutions as the Chester County Historical Society and West Chester Library.
This is articulated by "tag line" phrases such as The Perfect Town and Where Friends and Family Love to Meet. Further, knowing that 3-million visitors come to Southeast Pennsylvania each year, the tertiary market shall be expanded to compliment the hometown market designating West Chester as The Heart of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley anchored by the Hotel Warner.
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The West Chester BID currently has the following committees and programs in place for 2013. All meetings occur at the BID office, 119 N High, at 8am, and are open to the public.
Advocacy Committee -- Fred Gusz, chair
Meets 4th Friday of the month; 8:00 am, except Dec 27 moved to Dec 20.
Activities: Borough Liaison; downtown clean-up & beautification program.
Customer Attraction Committee -- Cyndi Meadows, chair
Meets 3rd Thursday of the month; 8:00 am.
Activities: Destination Downtown Campaign; Downtown directories; downtown informational kiosks; downtown positioning brochure; advertising in the area's visitor guides; website design/development; public relations; FAM tours; attracting bus tours.
Business Attraction Committee -- Christopher Blakely, chair
Meets 1st Tuesday of the month; 8:00 am.
Activities: Retail Enhancement & Expansion Program; website property listing program; Downtown Retail Plane; Hotels attraction; small business information service; property directory; prospect directory.
Design Committee -- Ray Ott, chair
Meets 1st Friday of the month; 8:00am, except July 5 moved to July 12.
Activities: Facade Improvement Program; downtown design guidelines; historic preservation advocacy; downtown banner program.
2013 Board of Directors
Ray Ott, Chair; Ray Ott & Associates
Richard May, Past-Chair; RKM Advisors Inc
Roy Smith, Treasurer; Community Liaison
Christopher P. Blakely, Secretary; Community Liaison
The Honorable Ryan Costello; Chester County Commissioner
Patrick Comerford; Jane Chalfant
Fred Gusz; Cobblestone Realty
Ernie B. McNeely; Borough of West Chester
Cyndi Meadows; Penwick Design
Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
William J. Scott, Jr; Law Office
Tom Walsh; Community Liaison
Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant
Kathleen Wileczek; Business Owner
Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
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Malcolm Johnstone; Executive Director
Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator
Dan Price; Program Manager, Clean & Green | Business Attraction
Sarah Wolfe; Bookkeeper