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CEDA is looking forward to hosting the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament & Kids Fishing Rodeo on June 18, 2016 (See Event Flyer)!  For event details and sponsorship information please contact Drake Nakaishi (phone: 610-447-7853 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The City of Chester Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) has been prepared for the fiscal year 2014-2015.  Pubic Notice

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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Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

The City of Chester has prepared the required Grantee Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.  The Report will be available for public review from Wednesday, August 5, 2015, through Friday, August 21, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following locations as well as on the City’s website at and on the Chester Economic Development Authority’s (CEDA’s) website at

Offices of the City Clerk and CEDA                  J. Lewis Crozer Library
City Hall   620 Eagle Street
1 Fourth Street   Chester, PA
Chester, PA   (Please check Library business hours)

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