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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, 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 named as a Nationally Accredited Program

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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.

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, 137 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 has the following Board and committee meetings in place for 2018. All meetings occur at the BID office, 137 N High, at 8am, and are open to the public.

Board of Directors -- Sandy Riper, Chair
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month; 8:00am

Advocacy & Design Committee - Chris Blakely, Chair 
Meets 4th Friday of the month; 8:00 am, except Nov 23 moved to Nov 16, Dec 28 moved to Dec 21.
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 -- Holly Brown, Chair
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.

2018 Board of Directors

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

Holly Brown  Holly Brown, Immediate Past President, Community Liaison, term expires end of 2018

Mike Reese  Mike Reese, Treasurer; Fulton Bank; term ends 2021

Holliday, Matthew - Photo   Matthew Holliday, Secretary; Chester County Prothonotary; term expires end of 2018.

Diane LeBold  Diane LeBold, Borough Council Representative, term expires end of 2019

Bill Scott  William J. Scott, Jr; Community Liaison, Borough Council member; term expires end of 2022

Kenneth Winston  Kenneth Winston, Community Liaison, term expires end of 2020

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

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 2020

Lance Nelson  Lance Nelson; MacElree Harvey, Ltd; term expires end of 2021

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

 Adam Wetzel Adam Wetzel; Side Bar & Restaurant; term expires end of 2020

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

Elle Steinman; Communications Specialist



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Call 610.738.3350 or fax 484.843.2250