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Mayor Kirkland's Transition Report - READ REPORT

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Action Plan - The City of Chester has released a Draft 2017 Action Plan and an Application Package for the use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds.  A public hearing on the proposed Action Plan is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  Questions should be directed to Jo Ann Ruark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 610-447-7854. Please see the attached DRAFT PLAN and APPLICATION PACKAGE.

Main Line Today Magazine - “The Fight to Bring Chester Back From the Brink“  READ ARTICLE

Dollar General Grand Opening - Mayor and First Lady Kirkland officially welcome Dollar General to Chester with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Representing Dollar General was Nik Norman, store manager, and District Manager, Fred Brown.  READ MORE

Immigration Reform

Local leaders call for immigration reform in National Day of Action with events across all 50 states

Philadelphia region business, civic, and community leaders came together for a Day of Action to showcase new research on immigrant contributions in Pennsylvania and to highlight the critical need for immigration reform. The event marked the launch of the Reason for Reform campaign, a national effort taking place in all 50 states today, sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE).  READ MORE

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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