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BID Receives State Recognition

Pictured Left - Right:
Roy Smith, Fred Gusz, Malcolm Johnstone and Lance Nelson.

The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was recognized as having the Best Overall Design Award at the 25th Anniversary Gala of Main Street in Harrisburg, PA on September 26, 2005. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the awards gala honored downtowns that have excelled in one of nine different categories over the last 25 years.

"The West Chester BID has shown what a strong streetscape project and facade program accomplish," said Bill Fontana, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. "This award recognizes the West Chester BID's physical appearance improvements due to the projects that the Main Street program initiated in the downtown district."

"We are very grateful to be honored in this way," said Lance Nelson, Chair of the West Chester BID Board of Directors. "We owe a lot to our local and state public officials as well as BID volunteers for supporting historic preservation in the downtown, improvements of our downtown streetscapes, and the beautification projects we've established. By working together, we've accomplished a lot in a short period of time."

The Borough of West Chester (population 17,861) has more than 4,000 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The West Chester BID provides downtown property owners with assistance and matching grant dollars for facade improvement through funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. Since the BID was establish in 2000, more than $14 million has been invested within the BID.

The mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to advance the sense of place, quality of life and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s downtowns, traditional neighborhood business districts and nearby residential areas.

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See also:
West Chester Receives National Recognition.

2006 Leaders of Distinction Award.

Best New Shopping District.

West Chester Among Best Places.

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