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 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.
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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 2014. All meetings occur at the BID office, 119 N High, at 8am, and are open to the public.
Advocacy Committee -- Fred Gusz, chair
2014 Board of Directors
A. Roy Smith, Chair; Community Liaison
William J. Scott, Jr, Vice-Chair; Community Liaison
Christopher P. Blakely, Treasurer; Community Liaison
Kathleen Wileczek, Secretary; Business Owner
Ray Ott, Past-Chair; Ray Ott & Associates
Holly Brown, Community Liaison
Patrick Comerford; Jane Chalfant
The Honorable Ryan Costello; Chester County Commissioner
Fred Gusz; Community Liaison
Richard May; RKM Advisors Inc
Cyndi Meadows; Penwick Design
Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
Tom Walsh; Community Liaison
Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant
Mark Yoder; Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth McGuire; Administrator
Sarah Wolfe; Bookkeeper