About the West Chester BID
The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2000 and renewed in 2005, 2010, and 2015 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
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Funding is generated by an annual assessment equitably shared by all commercial properties in the district. The assessment rate is calculated as .003 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, 137 N High St.
The mission of the Downtown West Chester BID is to create a partnership among
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 has the following Board and committee meetings in place for 2019. All meetings occur at the BID office, 137 N High, at 8am, and are open to the public.
Board of Directors -- Sandy Riper, Chair
Advocacy & Design Committee -- Chris Blakely, Chair
2018 Board of Directors
Sandy Riper, Chair; Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Art Gallery; term expires end of 2019
Mike Reese, Treasurer; Fulton Bank; term ends 2021
Dr. Julie Dietrich, West Chester University, term expires end of 2023.
Diane LeBold, Borough Council Representative, term expires end of 2019
Jonathan Long, Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP, term expires end of 2023.
William J. Scott, Jr; Community Liaison, Borough Council member; term expires end of 2022
Kenneth Winston, Community Liaison, term expires end of 2020
Thomas Crisp; Balance Hair Salon; term expires end of 2019
The Honorable Michelle Kichline; Chester County Board of Commissioners; term expires end of 2019
Richard May; RKM Advisors Inc; term expires end of 2020
Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd; term expires end of 2021
Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant; term expires end of 2020
Denise Wroten, 123 Market Realty, term expires end of 2023.
Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; term expires end of 2023.
Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator
Elle Steinman; Communications Specialist