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Economic Development

In 1897 when the Coatesville Board of Trade was formed, Western Chester County was already a thriving commercial center in an otherwise rural agricultural region. By 1916 with the creation of the Coatesville Chamber of Commerce, now the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, the chamber already had 574 individual members. Coatesville was the county’s center of commerce and heavy industry and is home to America’s longest operating steel mill. In part, this growth was due to the beautiful Brandywine River which continues to attract visitors and industry to the region.

Balancing progress and preservation has been the key to advancing the needs of Chester County and its high-priority industries. Ensuring the growth of any business relies on three major components: a location, financing and most importantly, its workforce.

To help provide those needs, the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) was established in 1960 to attract industry and commerce to the county and assist in the smart growth and expansion of our key industry groups. As a private, nonprofit, non-governmental entity, the CCEDC has been supporting businesses for more than 50 years. Our transaction-based services include providing proven financing solutions, cultivating workforce development, leveraging business partnerships and fostering entrepreneurial collaborations. The ultimate goal is maintaining the strong and vibrant economic health of Chester County.

A strong partnership exists between the Chamber and CCEDC, which has worked to build a diverse and healthy economic base for the Western Chester County region. With its available corporate and industrial parks, great highway and rail service, necessary infrastructure and a skilled workforce, Western Chester County will continue to enhance its economy and be seen as a great place to live, work and play.

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