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West Chester BID logoAbout 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

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> See current activities at West Chester BID Drop Box

> See the West Chester BID Five Year Plan 2011 - 2015

> 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.

Members of the West Chester BID Board

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.


Vision Statement
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 2015. 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 Nov 27 moved to Nov 20, Dec 25 moved to Dec 18.
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 -- Richard May & Tom Walsh, co-chairs
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 4 moved to July 11.
Activities: Facade Improvement Program; downtown design guidelines; historic preservation advocacy; downtown banner program.

2015 Board of Directors

Holly Brown  Holly Brown, Chair; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2018

Bill Scott  William J. Scott, Jr, Vice-Chair; Community Liaison, Borough Council member; term expires end of 2017

Christopher Blakely  Christopher P. Blakely, Treasurer; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2017

 Kathleen Wileczek Kathleen Wileczek, Secretary; West Chester Downtown Foundation; term expires end of 2016

Ray Ott  Ray Ott, Past-Chair; Ray Ott & Associates; term expires end of 2017

Jordan Norley  Jordan Norley, Borough Council Representative; term expires end of 2019

Thomas Crisp Thomas Crisp; Balance Hair Salon; term expires end of 2019

Fred Gusz  Fred Gusz; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2016

Michelle Kichline The Honorable Michelle Kichline; Chester County Board of Commissioners; term expires end of 2019

Richard May  Richard May; RKM Advisors Inc; term expires end of 2015

Lance Nelson  Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd; term expires end of 2016

Sandy Riper Sandy Riper; Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Art Gallery; term expires end of 2019

Tom Walsh  Tom Walsh; Community Liaison; term expires end of 2018

 Adam Wetzel Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant; term expires end of 2015

Mark Yoder  Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; term expires end of 2018

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Malcolm Johnstone; Executive Director

Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator

Sarah Wolfe; Bookkeeper


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Call 610.738.3350 or fax 484.843.2250