Almost 200 community and industry leaders from across Chester County gathered this morning at Penn State University’s Great Valley campus for the unveiling of VISTA 2025, the long awaited economic strategic plan that will guide smart growth in Chester County for the next decade.
“We are pleased to share the findings of this strategic planning process,” said Ryan Costello, Chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners and co-chair of the VISTA 2025 Executive Alliance. “Our goal for this public-private initiative was to develop a coordinated, long-term road map for Chester County that ensures a strong economy now and in the future. With participation from a wide-range of constituents, via community questionnaires, round table discussions and business site visits, combined with close analysis of economic data, we are confident that this report reflects the values and priorities of our local stakeholders and capitalizes on Chester County’s competitive strengths.”
In addition to the hundreds of specific suggestion for sustained smart growth, the plan outlined 5 key goals that will be important indicators of success going forward.
- Maintain and enhance “quality of place” — which makes Chester County attractive to current and future residents — as a key component of economic health.
- Position the county as a magnet for attracting talent and a model for building an employer-ready workforce.
- Expand business attraction and retention efforts with a focus on targeted industry clusters.
- Establish an innovation culture that supports entrepreneurship and business growth.
- Support critical infrastructure in targeted corridors of opportunity.
Gary Smith, President and CEO of the Chester Country Economic Development Council which spearheaded VISTA 2025, seemed excited to get to work after the announcement. “With the VISTA 2025 plan now developed, we are now moving into the implementation phase…We look forward to connecting with local organizations and business leaders in the coming weeks and months to begin carrying out our near-term strategies.”
You can find the comprehensive development strategy right here.