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Mayor Kirkland's Transition Report - READ REPORT

HUD congratulates the city on its accomplishments during the program year.  In accordance with 24 CFR 91.525, we have concluded that the city has the capacity to carry out is program and has met it reporting requirements. - READ LETTER

2018 Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) - The City of Chester has prepared a draft of the FY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the CDGB program (Year 44) and the HOME program.  Click below for the full text of the draft plan and/or a copy of the 2018 Application Package. 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.

FY 2018 Action Plan Draft Application Package


Candlewood Suites Hotel Groundbreaking Ceremony in City of Chester - On June 15, 2017, hotel developer Sam Patel held a ceremonial groundbreaking event in Chester, Pennsylvania on the site where a Candlewood Suites Hotel will be built.

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Chester City Councilmembers and several other city officials joined Patel to commemorate the occasion.  Also in attendance during the event was Robert Judge, Executive Manager for the Chester Water Authority and Joan Neal, Board Chair for the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Chester. 

See PRESS RELEASE for additional details.

Score of Chester and Delaware Counties - offers free and low cost workshops for small business and those considering business ownership. Click here to visit their website for a schedule of upcoming programs. 

Featured Articles

"Chester Pennsylvania, Looking to Grow" - Business View Magazine's November 2017 interview with Drake Nakaishi, Executive Director of the Chester Economic Development Authority (part of their series on American cities).  READ ARTICLE

Springfield Pasta - Springfield Pasta, a family business that dates back over 100 years has moved their production to Chester.  READ ARTICLE

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

2017 Cabela Fishing Tournament

The 2017 Cabela King Kat Fishing Tournament and Kid's Rodeo was held June 24.  Many thanks to the participants and sponsors for a great day on the Chester waterfront! Watch Video

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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