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The City of Chester was recently featured in a Main Line Today article by Jim Waltzer, “The Fight to Bring Chester Back From the Brink“ highlighting the city's ongoing efforts towards revitalization and economic development. “The goal is to establish a vibrant downtown,’’ says Drake Nakaishi, Executive Director of the Chester Economic Development Authority. Mr. Nakaishi firmly believes that Chester is on its way back and says that Chester’s central business district is waiting for a new start. READ ARTICLE

Board Meetings of the Chester Economic Development Authority (CEDA) will be held in Council Caucus Room, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA, at 6:00 p.m.on fourth Tuesday of each month (except December when the meeting will be advanced to the third Tuesday).  MORE DETAILS

City of Chester

Chester is one of the most historic and culturally diverse areas in the region. We are a city with a big heart and a strong indomitable spirit with numerous claims to fame including: William Penn's first landing; we are the home of the original hoagie; the talented Ethel Waters was born and raised here; and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. studied and preached in Chester.

Today, Chester is experiencing a major metamorphosis, making improvements for residents and businesses by way of housing, public safety, public property and recreation, and streets and infrastructure.

Economic Incentives for Chester Businesses


Federal Incentives

Chester City qualifies as a federal HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) which provides certified businesses in the zone with eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts. 

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Keystone Opportunity Zone

The City of Chester is the only municipality in Delaware County that has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for designation of parts of the City as Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ).

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Small Business Loans

The Chester Economic Development Authority (CEDA) administers the Chester Small Business Loan Program in an effort to assist small businesses in expanding their operations and creating economic opportunities for low to moderate income persons

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Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act

The City of Chester has adopted a provision under the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) to encourage the revitalization of deteriorated properties in portions of the City of Chester. 

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Overtown Initiative

The City of Chester and CEDA are currently focusing economic development initiatives on the once-thriving historic downtown, locally referred to as "Overtown."

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