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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- West Chester BID is a Nationally Accredited Program by the National Main Street Center
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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.
Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality of downtown West Chester through an active public private partnership between Borough government and the business and property owners in the Business Improvement District. Economic vitality is achieved through preserving our historic assets, responding to the needs of our community including business owners, residents and visitors, and marketing our unique qualities to the Delaware Valley region and beyond.
Our vision is a healthy, vibrant, diverse, and pedestrian oriented downtown, with a richly preserved history, supported by an engaged community that values and protects the things that make West Chester a special place.
Collaboration: By joining together, we can achieve much more than by each of us acting alone.
Community: We understand that the fabric of our community—our relationships with one another—is the foundation upon which our success is built.
Heritage: History is what makes places unique; we recognize our architectural and cultural heritage as one of our most important assets.
Walkability: We value our pedestrian orientation and the human scale of our built environment.
Diversity: We respect and value differences and believe that soliciting a diversity of perspectives leads to better outcomes.
Accessibility: By ensuring that our community is physically, socially, and economically accessible, we will enable the diversity necessary for a healthy economy.
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The West Chester BID has the following Board and committee meetings in place for 2020. All meetings occur at the BID office, 137 N High, at 8:00am, and are open to the public.
Board of Directors -- Sandy Riper, Chair
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month; 8:00am
Advocacy & Design Committee -- Julie Dietrich, Chair
Meets 2nd Friday of the month; 8:00am -- except May & October meet the 3rd Friday.
Activities: Borough Liaison; downtown clean-up & beautification program; Facade Improvement Program; Downtown Design Guidelines; historic preservation advocacy.
Customer Attraction Committee -- Sandy Riper, 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, Brandywine Traveler.
Business Attraction Committee -- Denise Wroten, Kenneth Winston; Co-Chairs
Meets 1st Tuesday of the month; 8:00 am.
Activities: Retail Enhancement & Expansion Program; website property listing program; Downtown Retail Plan; Hotels attraction; small business information service; property directory; prospect directory.
2020 Board of Directors
Sandy Riper, Chair; Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Art Gallery; term expires end of 2024
Mike Reese, Treasurer; Fulton Bank; term expires end of 2021
Matthew Holliday, Secretary; Chester County Prothonotary; term expires end of 2024.
Dr. Julie Dietrich, West Chester University, term expires end of 2023.
Bernie Flynn, Borough Council Representative, term expires end of 2023
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
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 2019
Denise Wroten, 123 Market Realty, term expires end of 2023.
Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; term expires end of 2023.
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Malcolm Johnstone; Executive Director
Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator
Elle Steinman; Communications Specialist
Carol Lady; Bookkeeper