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.
Chester City qualifies as a federal HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) which provides certified businesses in the zone with eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts.
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).
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
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:
Send comments to Jo Ann Ruark at CEDA (or call at 610-447-7854)