West Chester BID gains national accreditation
June 12, 2012
West Chester PA -- The West Chester Business Improvement District has been accredited as a 2012 National Main Street Program. The announcement was made at a regional meeting of Pennsylvania downtown managers held June 12 in West Chester. Accreditation was completed through a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, a statewide downtown resource agency located in Harrisburg, and the National Trust Main Street Center, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.
"Only programs that meet the ten standards of performance for a Main Street organization during the last full year are provided with accreditation," said Bill Fontana, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. "With 167 items covered, it's very stringent."
The benefits include higher standing with statewide and national organizations when applying for grants or special programs. It also demonstrates proof that an organization is conducting its programs at the highest standards recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"This is the second year in a row we've achieved accreditation," said Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of the West Chester BID. "The qualifications can be difficult to maintain, but it's well worth the effort."
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The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2000 to implement programs for downtown West Chester that reflect three general goals: to increase customer traffic; to retain, expand and recruit viable businesses; and to advocate the interests of downtown to government agencies.