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:
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> See current activities at West Chester BID Drop Box
> See the BID Boundaries
> See the 2013 Audit
> See 2014 Annual Report presented to the West Chester Borough Council.
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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 .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
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 2015. All meetings occur at the BID office, 119 N High, at 8am, and are open to the public.
Advocacy Committee -- Fred Gusz, chair
2015 Board of Directors
Holly Brown, Chair; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2018
William J. Scott, Jr, Vice-Chair; Community Liaison, Borough Council member; term expires end of 2017
Christopher P. Blakely, Treasurer; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2017
Kathleen Wileczek, Secretary; West Chester Downtown Foundation; term expires end of 2016
Ray Ott, Past-Chair; Ray Ott & Associates; term expires end of 2017
Jordan Norley, Borough Council Representative; term expires end of 2019
Thomas Crisp; Balance Hair Salon; term expires end of 2019
Fred Gusz; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2016
The Honorable Michelle Kichline; Chester County Board of Commissioners; term expires end of 2019
Richard May; RKM Advisors Inc; term expires end of 2015
Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd; term expires end of 2016
Sandy Riper; Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Art Gallery; term expires end of 2019
Tom Walsh; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2018
Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant; term expires end of 2015
Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; term expires end of 2018
Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator
Sarah Wolfe; Bookkeeper