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Message from the Executive Director - Michael J. McGee, CAE

On behalf of the Institute for Economic Development, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Chester Yes website! As you will see from the website’s offerings, Chester is indeed thriving and quickly becoming a city known for a robust community anchored by its business, entertainment, education, and medical/technology interests. Economic development is occurring in all corners of the city, from the projects on our beautiful waterfront to residential development throughout the city to the initiatives in and around Crozer Chester Medical Center and Widener University that have and will bring more retail providers to the city.

Examples of the initiatives championed by Chester’s major employers via the Institute for Economic Development include a new Employer Assisted Housing Program which assists employees with buying a home in the city within walking distance from work. As well, the Institute’s board has led efforts in cooperation with city government to develop tax strategies that ensure sound fiscal health for years to come. An additional strategic goal through a consistent presence in the local and regional media is to profile Chester’s economic, business, and infrastructure assets – many of which have been in place for years, and all of which serve the region in ways typically not readily associated with the city. In the future, we hope to turn our attention to efforts concerning transportation issues, including roads, highways, bridges and general improvements to major access routes in and around the city – all to make the first city everyone’s first choice when visiting our region.

It is clear to me the city’s leadership, in cooperation and collaboration with local, county, regional, state and federal officials are moving in a positive direction that has been, is, and will be representative of Pennsylvania’s first city. Our approach to economic development will be as diverse as our city’s population. Our commitment to Chester’s vitality and sustainability will be as sound as the ships its residents once built. And, our vision for the future of Chester will be one that is collaborative, focused, thoughtful and sustainable – our residents deserve no less in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century global marketplace.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns and suggestions through the “Contact Information Link” on our website.