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Gov. Tom Wolf tours downtown West Chester

August 8, 2019Gov. Tom Wolf in West Chester!

Image L-R: Malcolm Johnstone, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Dianne Herrin, Senator Andy Dinniman. Photo by Elizabeth McGuire.

West Chester PA -- “It’s always great to get out and visit Pennsylvania’s historic downtowns,” said Gov. Tom Wolf during a downtown walking tour led by BID director Malcolm Johnstone. “West Chester has done a great job at repurposing its buildings, while keeping the borough’s wonderful, historic charm.”

Through the years, the Wolf Administration has supported many West Chester projects through funding by the PA Dept of Community & Economic Development. Gov. Wolf spoke with the business persons at the Chester County Historical Society, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, Spence Café, Jane Chalfant, Hotel Warner, and Fairman’s to learn of their experience and ongoing needs.

Officials on the tour included Sandra Riper, Chair of the West Chester BID Board of Directors and owner of Sunset Hill Jewelers; Aliyah Furman Stanger, Regional Director for the PA Department of Community & Economic Development; and Mark Yoder, West Chester BID Board Member and President & CEO of the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester.

“West Chester is pleased to have a visit from Governor Wolf,” said Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director of the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID), according to the news release on the Governor's website. “He knows that with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and local government, we’ve been able to put together a grassroots revitalization organization that is providing impressive results. These efforts have created an environment where small, home-owned businesses can flourish.”

See the complete official news release.

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