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December 20, 2016
West Chester chosen to be case study for Pennsylvania.
PA Dept of Community & Economic Development hails West Chester as being transformed from blighted to vibrant. --> read article
 
October 18, 2016
Take the West Chester Police Department’s (WCPD) online survey of community members
Survey will assist WCPD in strategic planning and priorities for the future --> read more
 
October 10, 2016
Hotel Warner nominated as New Member of the Year for Historic Hotels of America
Downtown's premier hotel made the top five out of over 200 nominations --> read more
 
September 21, 2016
West Chester Borough is officially an age-friendly community
Features like safe, walkable streets, better housing and access to key services are noted. --> read more
 
September 19, 2016
West Chester ranks 33 in Best College Towns
A popular college ranking website searched for the best college towns in America, and West Chester is one of them. --> read more
 
September 10, 2016
West Chester makes the top ten for Great American Main Street Award
The final top three GAMSA winners will be announced on May 1, 2017, at the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh. --> read more
 
August 10, 2016
Borough makes it easier for bars and restaurants to get RAMP certification
Webpage streamlines certification process in an effort to get 100-percent participation --> read more
 
August 2, 2016
Borough Council creates a Community Initiatives page for its Website
Webpage will allow government and non-profits to post items of interest for the community. --> read more
 
July 7, 2016
Borough Council to consider proposed Street Performance Regulation Ordinance
Council considers implementing regulations that will permit street performing or "busking" to occur in the Borough. --> read more
 
June 28, 2016
West Chester named as a Nationally Accredited Program
Receiving National Accreditation Main Street Program status is seen as a prominent recognition. --> read more
 
June 21, 2016
Chester County Historical Society announces new president
After a long national search, downtown's historical museum will have Elizabeth M. Laurent as its new president --> read more
 
May 19, 2016
West Chester agrees to settle Wyeth Tract Sewer litigation
"Allows both the Borough and Pfizer/Wyeth to move forward." --> read more
 
May 18, 2016
94 percent of local businesses expect increased revenues in next 12 months
Chester County in-depth survey shows optimism among business owners --> read more
 
May 17, 2016
Hotel Warner selected to be part of Historic Hotels of America
Prestigious organization recognizes downtown hotel as historically significant --> read more
 
April 18, 2016
New report shows Chester County’s prosperity
Chester County has lowest unemployment in Pennsylvania >> read more
 
April 8, 2016
Downtown hosts two conferences this weekend
West Chester welcomes statewide and international organizations --> read more
 
March 24, 2016
Downtown historic walking tour now online
Self-guided tour highlights many of the best historic structures in the Downtown Historic District --> start tour here
 
March 21, 2016
WCU launches downtown clean-up program for spring
University students participate in Operation Clean Streets --> read more
 
March 2, 2016
New Nutrition Shop Opens in Downtown West Chester
Steele House Nutrition offers exclusive, local nutritional products to help customers get lean and fit. --> read more
 
January 28, 2016
Please take a brief business survey by February 19
Called Take the Pulse, the survey takes only 5 minutes and will guide Chester County economic development. --> Take the Survey
 
January 27, 2016
PECO's Enhanced Customer Information Tools
Peco introduces a new system to allow customers to be better informed during storms and other crisis situations --> read more    
 
January 25, 2016
Receive Emergency Alert Information with ReadyChesCo
Sign up to receive emergency weather information and government notifications in your area. --> read more
 
January 1, 2016
West Chester BID Re-authorized through 2020
A six-month process culminated into a 17-point plan to keep downtown a vital destination. --> read more
 
December 21, 2015
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance gets to the next step to opening a theater
The historic Armory building is sold to local organization that will renovate it into a performing arts center. --> read more
 
December 18, 2015
Why Painted Plate Loves Doing Business in West Chester
Chet Reber and his wife fell in love with West Chester and decided it was the place to grow their own business. --> read more
 
December 11, 2015
The Insider Tips to Parking in Downtown West Chester --> read more
 
November 13, 2015
Why you should book your stay at Hotel Warner
Some great ideas for staying overnight in downtown West Chester PA. --> read more
 
August 22, 2015
Notice of Public Hearing to consider the re-authorization and 5 Year Plan of the West Chester Business Improvement District.
Hearing takes place Tuesday, September 22, 6:00pm, at Borough of West Chester Municipal Building, 401 E Gay St. --> read more
 
September 8, 2015
Heirloom jewelry can reveal family secrets
And Sandy Riper knows how to find them. --> read more
 
September 1, 2015
The Budweiser Clydesdales: Up Close in West Chester
What’s that sound you hear? It’s the Budweiser Clydesdales clippety-clopping down the streets of West Chester. --> read more
 
August 23, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art 'Inside Out' exhibit in full swing.
Yes, you will now encounter art in unexpected places through mid-November in West Chester. --> See the art
 
August 18, 2015
The Eclat Story from Past to Present
How a Master Chocolatier made it to West Chester --> read more
 
August 10, 2015
It's now easier and faster to park at the municipal garages
There are two parking payment options making it more convenient. --> read more
 
July 23, 2015
Broadway in the Borough
It's the hottest ticket in town. --> See more
 
July 15, 2015
Borough schedules parking meter maintenance
Meters get a maintenance upgrade with no interruption of service. --> read more
 
June 25, 2015
West Chester: a County Seat, College Town in Farm Country
Thinking of relocating to West Chester? Get a first look with article presented by Coldwell Banker Preferred. --> read more
 
June 18, 2015
Mosteller Corner Redevelopment
The E. Kahn Development Corporation is approved for new development at Gay & Church Streets. --> read more
 
June 6, 2015
WC History: Old Glory stands proud to honor Civil War veterans
The Centennial of the Unveiling of Old Glory is Thursday, June 11, 9am, at the corner of High & Market Streets plus at the kick-off of the popular Town Tours & Village Walks at 5:30. --> read more
 
May 4, 2015
WC History: Preserving West Chester's historic character
New series highlighting West Chester's history starts here. --> read more
 
April 24, 2015
President Greg R. Weisenstein presents West Chester University’s Annual Report
Read, watch and listen to success stories from departments and disciplines throughout the University. --> See more

April 6, 2015
Chester County leads the area in growth
And it's more than just a growth spurt. --> read more

March 26, 2015
West Chester Food Co-op Receives Grant from West Chester Downtown Foundation
Both organizations committed to downtown vitality. --> read more

March 17, 2014
Scott Bohn becomes Chief of Chiefs
And the recent police department report shows serious crime at 15-year low. --> read more
 
March 5, 2015
Chester County Historical Society explores the 1960s with new exhibit
If you remember the '60s, you weren't there. . . --> see review
 
March 3, 2015
West Chester Food Co-op Pre-Feasibility Assessment
See what it takes to make the local food co-op work. --> read it here
 
March 1, 2015
West Chester Historic Preservation Awards 2015
Nominations period kick-off event on April 12 at CCHS. --> read more
 
February 11, 2015
West Chester BID 2014 Annual Report
See how the year went for the BID and how it intends to proceed. --> read more
 
February 10, 2015
Looking for that intimate, romantic restaurant?
See "Your BYOB Dining Guide to Downtown West Chester" --> read more
 
January 26, 2015
West Chester Food Co-op community survey results are "loud and clear"
A survey conducted by the West Chester Food Co-op has been completed with the Co-op leadership expressing that they are "extremely pleased with the results." --> read more
 
January 20, 2015
Chester County ranked among best in the nation
We're ranked fourth out of 640, but who's counting? --> read more
 
January 14, 2015
Activities Guide Schedule for youth and adults announced
The West Chester Borough Parks & Recreation 2015 Activities Guide is now on-line --> see it here
 
January 12, 2015
Downtown West Chester recognized as a "Great Neighborhood"
Selected as one of only four in Pennsylvania, Downtown West Chester is described as "a unique and memorable place." --> read more
 
December 1, 2014
History of the "Mosteller Corner" in West Chester by Jim Jones
Long before D'Town Associates considered development at the corner of Gay & Church, there was plenty of commercial activity going on. --> read more
 
November 25, 2014
Locally Sourced: 7 Must-Have Gifts to Give the Food Lover
Downtown makes it easier to find that unique gift, and free parking, too. --> read more
 
November 18, 2014
Report shows that West Chester continues to be among safest communities
Police efforts bode well for the community, businesses, and visitors. --> read more
 
October 23, 2014
Mayor Carolyn Comitta repels off 31-story building for Outward Bound
Fund-raising exceeds goals to support Outward Bound West Chester. --> read more
 
October 17, 2014
Boutiques & Brunches Make Sundays in West Chester Special
Feature article on the great shops and restaurants that are open on the best part of the weekend. --> read more
 
October 9, 2014
West Chester BID Drop Box
Current agenda, minutes, and committee reports for consideration by the BID Board of Directors.  --> read more
 
October 5, 2014
The F&M Building from the Courtroom 1 perspective
Check out some of the new works by Photographer Timlyn Vaughan including the F&M Building from Courtroom 1 of the historic Courthouse. --> see more
 
September 27, 2014
StanAb announces opening of Chestnut Street Lofts
West Chester's first lifestyle-inspired apartment community is now leasing. --> read more
 
September 22, 2014
WC History: The Irish Connection--Wolfe Tone visits West Chester
The Father of Irish Republicanism nearly immigrated to America. --> read more
 
September 16, 2014
WC History: The King of Goshen
An excerpt from a memoir by Joseph J. Lewis reflecting the lore of the Land of Goshen. --> read more
 
September 14, 2014
West Chester to receive emergency generators for traffic lights
Chester County secures generators for municipality use --> read more
 
August 19, 2014
13 West Cestrians
Rob Lukens provides a brief overview of some of West Chester's notable citizens, called "West Cestrians" --> see Fig article
 
August 7, 2014
The Borough of West Chester launches new website
It's designed to be easier to use with more ability for interaction between citizens and local government. --> read more
 
August 4, 2014
Chester County Historical Society Seeks Community Input
Community members are asked to provide CCHS with their personal experience of the museum during a research project. --> read more
 
July 30, 2014
West Chester residents join to start a food co-op
Locals will be able to seek more community control in their food choices. --> read more
 
July 28, 2014
West Chester Borough citizens can now request free street trees.
A generous bequest from the estate of the Pillagalli Family offers free trees for residential and commercial properties. --> read more
 
July 25, 2014
Update on Post Office proposal to relocate within downtown
A downsize is in store for the downtown Post Office but services will not be interrupted. --> read more
 
July 1, 2014
Main Line Today selects West Chester's "Best Of"
See what downtown businesses were chosen and the great things said about them. --> read more
 
July 1, 2014
Borough Council selects Restoration of Rail Service Ad-hoc Committee
The seven-member committee will seek ways to bring rail service back to West Chester. --> read more
 
June 25, 2014
The West Chester Trolley
An extraordinary article about a piece of West Chester transportation history. --> see more
 
June 19, 2014
West Chester featured as part of VisitPhilly.com promotional effort
The new Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside showcases the charming small-town experiences found beyond Center City Philadelphia. --> read more
 
June 17, 2014
Nominate your favorite preservation project in West Chester
Is there a historic preservation project in West Chester that you would like to see honored? The West Chester Downtown Foundation would like to hear about it. Nominations due by June 27. --> see details
 
June 13, 2014
Top 10 Father's Day Gifts in downtown West Chester
Looking for the perfect gift for Dad? You won't miss with this guide. --> read more
 
June 10, 2014
Up on the Roof fund-raiser proves to be big success
Record number turn out to support downtown programs while having a great time. --> read more at WCDish
 
June 1, 2014
County Lines Magazine features West Chester as a staycation destination
Find out why West Chester is a great destination for a summer getaway. >> read more
 
May 20, 2014
Historic Architecture Student Photography Contest Winners
As part of National Historic Preservation Month, the West Chester BID is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 West Chester Historic Architecture Student Photography Contest. >> See the winning photographic images
 
May 19, 2014
The Couch Tomato Cafe announces plans to open in downtown West Chester
Manayunk favorite will offer wood-fired brick oven pizza along with their line-up of fresh salads. >> read more
 
May 15, 2014
Please take a short theater survey
The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance requests that you take a five-minute survey to answer a few questions. This will assist them as they shape activities for downtown's new theater development. >> Take the Public Survey 
 
May 7, 2014
West Chester promoted in USA Today Travel Magazine
The national magazine promotion invites travelers to visit West Chester and enjoy the attractions, lodging, dining and shopping in the historic borough. >> read more
 
April 28, 2014
Historic Chester County Courthouse reopens
District Court 15-1-04 has relocated to the Historic Courthouse after a $1.4-million renovation. >> read more
 
April 24, 2014
BLUER Business Awards Program for Conservation
A business awards program is underway by Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER) where area businesses and organizations that independently demonstrate a commitment to conserve energy. >> read details to apply
 
April 23, 2014
BigBelly coming to West Chester
The West Chester BigBelly program was officially launched on Earth Day that will eventually see 71 new solar-powered trash compactors and recycling cans in downtown. >> read more
 
April 22, 2014
West Chester's Proposed Stormwater Management Assessment Fee Project
Public meetings are scheduled for the public to learn about the need for stormwater management. >> See More
 
April 19, 2014
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance begins new film series
Films will be screened every First Friday (except July 11) at the Knights of Columbus Hall. >> read more
 
April 11, 2014
Ashley Tischler makes the cover of The Hunt Magazine
Her wedding photos impressed the editors. Imagine her surprise. >> See it here
 
April 4, 2014
West Chester BID Annual Report
See the report providing an overview of the accomplishments not only for 2013 but also since the establishment of the BID in 2000. >> read the report here
 
March 12, 2014
Current new development projects in West Chester Borough
Over a dozen new projects are slated to be completed in the next two years creating over 1,000 residential units, a theater, retail space, and parking garage. >> see them all
 
March 4, 2014
Grab your snow boots and explore West Chester!
Guest blog by Kristin Canan at FigWestChester.com. >> read more
 
February 17, 2014
Launching Abraham Lincoln's campaign for the presidency

The updated story of how West Chester produced Abraham Lincoln's first biography that helped send him to the White House. New information about the biography plus a recently discovered image of the biographer. >> see the entire story

February 13, 2014
BLUER sees greenhouse gas reduction in West Chester
Local energy reduction credited to more efficient construction and greater awareness among businesses and residents. >> read more
 
February 9, 2014
Little known telegram reveals Beatle concert that could have been
A bit of trivia suggests that The Beatles were planning a final concert. >> read more
 
January 15, 2014
West Chester Borough Council re-organizes for 2014 >> read more
 
January 6, 2014
West Chester Borough Council leaves behind a historic legacy
The West Chester Borough Council reorganized Monday night for a new two-year term and left behind a legacy of diverse leadership that was achieved for the first time in the 214-year history of the Borough. >> read more
 
January 1, 2014
West Chester turns 20-years-old (sort of)
No doubt the establishment of the Borough dates from the 1700s, but there was also a recent occasion when it was reborn. >> read more
 
December 26, 2013
Chester County Historical Society receives $750,000 grant
Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will provide funding for new roofing, HVAC upgrades, repairs to the front terrace, and other interior and exterior improvements. >> read more
 
December 12, 2013
West Chester featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network
As part of the Discover Main Street Series that highlights some of the outstanding communities in Pennsylvania, West Chester was featured in an episode aired in November and various other times. The West Chester segment interviews community leaders, examines historic attractions, and steps inside some of the unique shops and eateries in downtown. >> See the entire West Chester episode at PCNTV.com.
 
December 2, 2013
QVC shines a national spotlight on West Chester
Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade presented by QVC aired on national TV (QVC) at various times Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. >> read more
 
November 26, 2013
Local organization donates turkeys to Safe Harbor
The Thanksgiving Holiday will be a little nicer for those in need this year. >> read more
 
November 19, 2013
Mayor Comitta invited to the White House
Carolyn Comitta to attend White House ceremony that will recognize Bayard Rustin for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. >> read more
 
November 11, 2013
West Chester listed among the 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania
Movoto describes West Chester as "quintessential, old-world Pennsylvania." >> read more
 
November 6, 2013
Secret room revealed with inside images (updated)
See the complete photographic survey by Timlyn Vaughan Photography >> read more
 
October 27, 2013
Walk of Fame inaugurated
Seven area notables are honored with bronze sidewalk plaques >> read more
 
October 22, 2013
Paul A. Rodebaugh recognized with Preservation Legacy Award
Six other awards were meted out to local preservation projects >> see entire article
 
September 17, 2013
Side Bar & Restaurant awarded Business of the Year >> read more
 
September 16, 2013
A. Roy Smith receives top award from Preservation Pennsylvania >> read more
 
August 30, 2014
Grant awarded for solar trash and recycling receptacles in downtown
New receptacles cost less and are more efficient. >> read more
 
August 26, 2013
Church Street Improvement Project
Excavating and setting of new curbing scheduled through the first week of September. >> read more
 
August 22, 2013
"West Chester, PA: The Center of the Televised Shopping Universe and Other Surprises"
A travel blog by Malerie Yolen-Cohen for the HuffingtonPost.com.
 
August 13, 2013
West Chester makes Money Magazine's Best Places to Live list
We share the distinction with West Goshen, and that's OK. >> read more
 
July 1, 2013
Independents Week, July 1-7
West Chester joins communities nationwide to recognize local businesses. >> read more
 
June 17, 2013
West Chester seeing growth spurt
Chester County, already a leader in health, wealth, and government financial stability, is also leading state counties in growth. >> read more

June 5, 2013
Making Super Week: simply an event meant to happen >> read more
 
May 29, 2013
FOX 29 Good Day Morning Show visits West Chester (video)
Jenn Frederick discovers why West Chester is a shopping, dining, and activity center. >> read more
 
May 13, 2013
Welcome readers of The New Yorker Magazine
West Chester welcomes readers of the Innovators Special Edition of The New Yorker who may have been enticed to explore the West Chester and Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley on their next vacation. >> read more
 
May 15, 2013
Share your West Chester vision
Mayor Carolyn Comitta and Borough Council President Holly Brown want to hear your vision of the future of West Chester at a Community Conversation. >> read more
 
May 13, 2013
West Chester supports safe bicycling with new West Chester Bike Map
New bicycle pocket map is released showing safest and easiest routes for pedaling. >> read more
 
May 6, 2013
The Spring Edition West Chester Technology Blog Newsletter now available
West Chester Borough has it's own technology blogger keeping you up-to-date. read more >>
 
May 1, 2013
Preserving West Chester's historic character
West Chester BID joins with others to celebrate and preserve the rich heritage of the Borough. >> read more
 
April 30, 2013
The Cultural Center can be your perfect event venue
As part of the Chester County Historical Society, this is a place anyone planning an event should consider >> read more
 
April 2, 2013
West Chester BID is "Looking to the Future" with new vision publication
New downtown promotional booklet provides insight into why entrepreneurs are locating to West Chester. >> read more
 
March 28, 2013
Mayor Carolyn Comitta in 'I Love West Chester' video blog
TribeSound Productions interviews the Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and other citizens of the Borough on what they love about West Chester. >> see it here
 
March 26, 2013
Red Carpet Gala to usher in a new era for theater arts in downtown
As the National Guard prepares to relocate from the Armory to a new facility, the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance would like to see a theater take its place. >> read more
 
March 17, 2013
A downtown, a bookstore, and me
The BID is delighted the Chester County Book Company will remain open where they are, although we saw this as an opportunity to bring them downtown. >> read more
 
March 7, 2013
Fig West Chester rediscovers the past in the History Issue
Read stories of the people that made history in West Chester and discover what's new in downtown. >> read more
 
March 6, 2013
The Oscars come to West Chester
The theme was Lincoln as West Chester celebrated a night with the stars. >> read more
 
March 4, 2013
West Chester BID rolls out national marketing plan for 2013
More than 4-million impressions will be published throughout the year establishing West Chester as a leading attraction in the Brandywine Valley. >> read more
 
February 28, 2013
West Chester touted as one of the most successful historic communities.
Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan for 2012-2017 gives West Chester high marks as "one of Pennsylvania's most successfully preserved small towns." >> read more
 
February 27, 2013
West Chester BID holds General Meeting
Business owners engage in discussion about new programs planned for the downtown. >> read more
 
February 21, 2013
2012 Annual Report of the West Chester Business Improvement District
The report was presented to West Chester Borough Council to show the accomplishments and goals for downtown West Chester. >> read full report
 
February 19, 2013
Nutrition health club opens in Downtown
Grand Opening is on First Friday, March 1 >> read more
 
February 15, 2013
Actor from the movie Lincoln to appears at the Oscar Extravaganza
Lane Pearson shares his experiences of working with Steven Spielberg and meeting Daniel Day-Lewis. >> read more
 
February 13, 2013
West Chester Growers Market open this Saturday
Pennsylvania's favorite fresh food market, the West Chester Growers Market, is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from January through April, 10:00am to Noon. >> read more
 
February 12, 2013
Celebrating Black History Month with the Chester County Historical Society
Visit the powerful exhibit to learn of the struggles and accomplishments of the African-American community in West Chester. >> read more
 
February 11, 2013
Judy's Healthy Kitchen relocates to East Gay Street
Grand opening launches the expansion of this home-style restaurant now open everyday. >> read more
 
February 8, 2013
Food Review: Doc Magrogans takes their menu to even tastier levels
Daniel Price taste-tests what's new at downtown's oyster bar. >> read the review
 
February 6, 2013
Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House launches new menu
Chef Karen Weinstein creates a menu that is part of a sustainable seafood initiative that helps preserve our oceans, rivers and lakes. >> read more
 
February 5, 2013
An unconventional pairing: has love become cheesy?
Carlino's Executive Cheese Specialist, Patty Church, examines the relationship between love and cheese. In fact, you may find yourself falling in love with French cheese, truffles, and triple creme at Carlino's Market. >> read more
 
February 4, 2013
West Chester BID launches Downtown Brag
Whoops -- we really mean blog! >> read more
 
 

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