The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2000 and renewed in 2005 and 2010 to fund and implement programs that reflect three general goals:
- increase customer traffic and sales
- retain, expand and recruit viable businesses
- to advocate the interests of downtown to government agencies
Funding is generated by an annual assessment equitably shared by all commercial properties in the district. The assessment rate is calculated as .00275 of assessed value of the commercial portion of the property. 100% of the funds collected go toward programs of the West Chester BID. The BID is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors made up of downtown business and property owners. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 8am at the BID office, 119 N High St.
The vision of the West Chester Business Improvement District is to celebrate and encourage engagement in the features that make West Chester special, including:
West Chester's 300-year history;
- outstanding architecture such as buildings designed by Thomas U. Walter and T. Roney Williamson;
- public art such as the Stone Reliefs by Harry Rosin;
- walkability as demonstrated by the uninterrupted sidewalks throughout the Borough;
- an inclusive culture and demographic diversity of the population;
- contribution to the performing arts by the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance and West Chester University;
- the marketing of downtown as a shopping and dining destination as the region's social gathering place;
- supporting cultural events presented by such institutions as the Chester County Historical Society and West Chester Library.
This is articulated by "tag line" phrases such as The Perfect Town and Where Friends and Family Love to Meet. Further, knowing that 3-million visitors come to Southeast Pennsylvania each year, the tertiary market shall be expanded to compliment the hometown market designating West Chester as The Heart of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley anchored by the Hotel Warner.