Wells Fargo Seeding Money for Coatesville’s New Growth

A new grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation gives roots to the revitalization effort beginning to sprout in Coatesville. Gary Smith, president and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council, spoke about his connection to Coatesville at a press event Tuesday.

The seeds of Coatesville’s revitalization have been planted, and now a resident-driven vision for the future is taking root in key parts of the city.

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation has just committed to a new infusion of investment into a neighborhood revitalization planning process orchestrated by the Chester County Economic Development Foundation and the Coatesville Area Partners for Progress that will begin to sprout during a special event Tuesday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Brandywine Health Center.

“We believe that Coatesville has a very bright future, and we sought these grant funds to help build that future,” CCEDF President Gary Smith said in a Daily Local News staff report. “CCEDF plans to bring its experience and expertise to this effort to help Coatesville take full advantage of the economic and other opportunities that are emerging. We want to thank the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation for sharing our vision and supporting this effort.”

Residents, business owners and nonprofit leaders in downtown and eastern Coatesville will gather the input needed to form a plan of action by March 2017.

“We are very pleased to partner with Chester County Economic Development Foundation as they embark on this planning process for the city of Coatesville,” Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Executive Director Denise McGregor Armbrister said in the article. “It is critical that the voices of the residents are at the forefront as a vision is developed for the future of the neighborhood.”

Read more about the grant and Coatesville revitalization effort in the Daily Local News here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the city here.

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