Downingtown champions Bill Covaleski and Barry Cassidy spearheaded that message during a Chester County 2020 program at the Brandywine Center last week.
“Government and institutions can do a lot for town centers. But if you rely on them alone to populate communities, you’ll get something like a college campus or an office park,” Chester County 2020 Executive Director William J. Stevens III said in a Kennett Paper report by Fran Maye.
“These things can be very nice, but without the ‘real-life’ attractions — the local businesses that draw people in everyday ways — the activity in our towns would lack the flavor that makes a place ‘real.’ The entrepreneurs are the ones who provide this vital ingredient. And let’s not forget the entrepreneurs are the ones who take the risk at the front end of the process, that make success possible. We owe them our respect and thanks.”
Coatesville will also need faith in the future, convenient transportation, and façade-improvement incentives.
“Transportation infrastructure is huge,” said Covaleski, the co-founder of Victory Brewing Co. “We are getting to a point where millennials aren’t going to want the burden of driving. Transportation hubs that allow people to get point to point will continue to be key.”
Read more about Coatesville’s call to entrepreneurs in the Kennett Paper here.