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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

Jan 27, 2015: Seminar on HUB Zone business opportunities will be held at the Widener University Small Business Development Center.  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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Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development evaluates Chester's progress in the management of funds granted under provisions of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.  The July, 2013 to June 30, 2014 assessment is available for public review and comment:

Download the HUD Annual Assessment Letter for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

 Send comments to Jo Ann Ruark at CEDA (or call at 610-447-7854)

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Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for 2013 was prepared by the Chester Economic Development Authority in July of 2014. CEDA used the City of Chester’s Consolidated Plan for F.Y. 2010-2014 and the F.Y. 2013 Action Plan as sources of baseline information to develop the CAPER. The completed document will be available for public review and comment from Monday, August 11, 2014, through Tuesday, August 26, 2014. To view the CAPER as a PDF document, see files listed below.

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