Chester County Economic Development Council

737 Constitution Drive Exton, PA 19341

© 2021 CCEDC. All Rights Reserved.
CCEDC team volunteers at Lundale Farm

“I’m so proud of all the work we accomplished this year but the biggest highlight for me was the performance of our team. They have always been our greatest asset but this year they went above and beyond. From achieving record loan volumes to administering COVID relief grants, and everything in between, they were absolutely amazing.”

– Mike Grigalonis, CCO and Executive Vice President


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    “A hidden gem in Chester County is Bryn Coed Preserve (part of Natural Lands Trust) in Chester Springs. It’s a great place to hike – very scenic.”

    John Buckheit, CPA

    Chief Financial Officer

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found on the farm and spending time with my 3 grandkids.”

    Gary W. Smith

    President and CEO

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    “What I love best about Chester County are all the trail networks and thriving downtowns.”

    Mike Grigalonis

    COO and Executive Vice President

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    “A hidden gem in Chester County is Bryn Coed Preserve (part of Natural Lands Trust) in Chester Springs. It’s a great place to hike – very scenic.”

    John Buckheit, CPA

    Chief Financial Officer

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found canoeing down the Brandywine!”

    Patrick Hayakawa

    VP, Innovation & Marketing

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    “The best place to gather with friends in Chester County is my backyard, with friends and families hanging out by the fire pit and spending time together.”

    MaryFrances McGarrity

    Senior VP, Business
    Development Services

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    “What I love about Chester County is the food! From the fantastic restaurants to foods that I can buy or cook, we have so many great options.”

    Sherwood Robbins

    Managing Director, Seedcopa

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    “The best place to gather in Chester County is at one of the many outdoor cafes.”

    Patti VanCleave

    VP, Workforce Development & STEM


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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found at the Phoenixville YMCA or in my sunroom!”

    Kate Baganski

    Grant Consultant

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    “The best place to gather with friends in Chester County is at any of the restaurants on Bridge Street in Phoenixville!”

    Sherry Cockerham

    Project Coordinator

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found at the beach reading a good book!”

    Kathy Field

    Special Projects Director

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    “What I love about Chester County is that it is home to the #1 public garden in the country— Longwood Gardens.”

    Jim Hammond


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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found with my family.”

    Laura Heikkila

    Project Consultant

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    “I love everything about living in Chester County!!!!”

    Elaine Jasper

    Facilities & Grant Coordinator

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    “The best place to gather with friends in Chester County is Eagleview’s Restaurant Row!”

    Nancy Jones

    Operations Specialist, Seedcopa

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    “When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.”

    Melissa Kellog

    Senior Underwriter & Operations Coordinator, Seedcopa

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC, I can be found horseback riding or socializing with great neighbors and friends.”

    Cheryl Korn

    Project Coordinator

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    “The best place to gather with friends in Chester County is the square in Eagleview as they have live music almost every night of spring, summer and fall.”

    Jim Lauckner

    Senior Project Consultant

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    “A hidden gem in Chester County is having breakfast or lunch on the deck at St. Peters Bakery overlooking the falls.”

    Kathy McAfee

    Loan Documentation and Servicing Specialist, Seedcopa

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    “When I’m not working at Seedcopa I enjoy cooking special meals for my family.”

    Marcia McGavisk

    Operations and Credit Manager, Seedcopa

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    “A hidden gem in Chester County is an autumn sunset over Struble Lake.”

    Chris McHenry

    VP, Development Finance, Seedcopa

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    “What I love about Chester County is that we are the 2-hour headquarters. We are within 2 hours of New York City, the beach, and the mountains.”

    Kathleen Nader

    Facilities Manager

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    “What I love about Chester County are all the trails. There are so many of them and they are perfect for running, biking or weekend hiking.”

    Komeil Nasrollahi

    Engagement Manager

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    “The best place to gather with friends in Chester County is the patio at Four Dogs Tavern.”

    Tracey Oberholtzer

    IP Events & STEM Program Manager

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC I can be found clearing my head by exercising my dog, Crazy Daisy at Springton Manor Farm.”

    Mary Kay Owen

    Project Consultant

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    “What I love about Chester County is all of it! I have no favorite place as it is all lovely and beautiful!”

    Dottie Pepe

    Accounting Clerk

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    “What I love best about Chester County is all the scenic open space and horse farms!”

    Lori Pickford

    Business Development Manager

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    “When I’m not working at CCEDC you can find me playing trivia with my friends at various places around Chester County.”

    Leslie Rylke

    Marketing and Creative Services Manager

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    “When not working at Seedcopa, I enjoy dining with my family at one of the many delicious restaurants!”

    Lauren Sandusky

    Loan Operations Specialist, Seedcopa

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    “The best place to gather with friends and family in Chester County is definitely Longwood Gardens.”

    Marie Shires

    VP, Relationship Manager, Seedcopa

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    “What I love best about Chester County are the parks and trails. My favorites are Marsh Creek State Park, Stroud Preserve, and Brightside Farm Park.”

    Marianne Stack

    Project Director

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    “Mabel’s BBQ in West Chester is a definitely a hidden gem!”

    Marrea Walker-Smith

    STEM & DE&I Consultant


Many thanks to CCEDC for supporting us during a difficult time. Using Main Street grant funds, we invested in a well-designed, shoppable website. Six months later, we are not only still open but we are now nearly back to our previous successful position.

Tara Dugan, Works Kennett Square

On behalf of the entire team at Hilltop Crab House, please know you made a huge difference and helped save the business!

Sean Hanrahan, Hilltop Crab House

We are a female, minority-owned, local small family-owned business. Thanks to your program I am greatly confident we will not only be able to continue our critical services to the retirees of Chester County during this time of uncertainty and economic challenge, but I also believe thanks to your grant we are rounding the corner.

Mercedes Ritter, Insurance You Keep

The CHIRP grant allowed us to retain and adequately compensate our staff as well as pay our rent throughout the pandemic. We sometimes forget how great it is to own a business in Chester County, and the CCEDC reminded us of this fact.

Laura Vernola, Steel City Coffee and Brewery


This past year we continued serving area businesses affected by COVID-19. These efforts included facilitating a second round of the Chester County Main Street Grant and the PA CHIRP grant. In all, we have helped with 1,468 loan and grant awards since the start of the pandemic.

  • $86,634,534

    total COVID-19 Assistance to
    area businesses

  • $9,959,500

    in Round #2 Chester County
    Main Street grants

  • $5,845,000

    in COVID-19 Hospitality Industry
    Recovery Program (CHIRP) grants


Financing Solutions

Havpak Streamlines to Expand Global Impact

James and Laurie Hess have always had a passion for helping others. Both transitioned from careers in social work to create a company that makes a global impact – Havpak, Inc.

They produce diverse product lines such as detergent wipes and dental floss primarily for a Fortune 50 company. Their business was originally based in seven Pennsylvania plants and an overseas plant in Shanghai, China.

In an effort to streamline operations, James and Laurie decided to acquire an 111,000 square foot building in West Chester. Half of the facility allows for consolidation of several of the local existing locations with the remaining 55,000 square feet housing production of a new, organic feminine hygiene product.

They were able to purchase the building using SBA’s 504 loan program that was facilitated by Seedcopa. With this project, Havpak, Inc. was able to reduce their number of plants in PA from seven to four and increase their number of employees from 328 to 428.

According to James, “the year 2020 was one of the most challenging times because of the COVID restrictions. Working with Sherwood Robbins and his team at Seedcopa provided one of the most positive experiences of the year.” He added that “it was such a pleasure to close on a major business deal at a time when so much business was at a standstill. I greatly appreciate the assistance and professionalism of Sherwood Robbins and his team at Seedcopa.”


  • $78,891,964

    in total project funding for 76 projects

  • 61

    SBA Loans totaling more than $56 million

  • $11,758,000

    in tax-exempt financing

Location Services



IDG Development LLC, a joint venture between New Heritage Properties, LLC and Cherry Creek Family Office, are working with CCEDC to redevelop the property formerly known as “The Flats.” The reclamation and reuse of this 26-acre brownfield property will feature the National Sports & Events Center (NSEC), a mixed-use commercial and entertainment development.

These dynamic improvements will transform Coatesville’s downtown and provide a critically needed destination facility for event, meeting and programming space in the city that will serve all of Chester County and the region. Its long-term economic impact will offer future business growth opportunities for the community and the City of Coatesville for years to come.

Location Services Highlights

  • 29

    Economic Development projects throughout Chester County

  • $10,250,000

    in redevelopment grants

  • 1

    Redevelopment contract signed for National Sports & Events Center


Workforce Development


“GETT is such an incredible program and we wanted it to continue during the pandemic so we re-engineered it from a one-day program to an eight-month virtual expansion,” said Patti VanCleave, Vice President for Workforce Development and STEM at CCEDC. The re-imagined GETT created actual hands-on opportunities in a virtual world that also expanded the program’s reach from southeastern Pennsylvania to a global audience.

Area companies posted videos or live streamed activities each week. In addition to the demonstrations, the women involved also shared about their career paths in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and offered words of encouragement to the participants. “Try everything!” said Sophia Trump of Vanguard. “You can do anything that you set your mind to if you’re willing to put in the work and have faith in the journey.” She added that. “Moments like these, I’m so proud of getting the opportunity to connect and encourage young women and girls who are interested in STEM.”

Best of all, GETT now has a video library that students, parents and educators can access for continued career exploration and hands-on STEM activities. Check out the GETT 20th Anniversary Highlights video.


  • 4,573

    Participants in workforce programs

  • 904

    Companies engaged

  • 252

    Individuals trained

Innovation & Entrepreneurship



Sweft approached CCEDC to help take their idea (organizing and automating complex merchandising processes for online retailers) from concept to a profitable business endeavor. Through our Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), Sweft was able to access advice and mentoring from highly experienced SaaS entrepreneurs and connect with a peer network of fellow first-time founders.

Sweft co-founder Julie Bula became a regular participant in i2n’s monthly “Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable,” and her CEO Michael Robinson presented a mock investor pitch at “Open Coaching,” co-sponsored by PA SBDC & i2n, where they received extensive, targeted feedback from professional pitch coach Steve Bowman.

Since they began working with CCEDC and partners, Sweft has established their customer pilots, raised $600,000 in private angel investment, gained their first paying customers, and even made their first non-founder full time hires. In spring of 2021, following this support from CCEDC and SBDC, Sweft was selected as the overall winner at PACT’s annual pitch competition, where hundreds of regional startups compete for exposure and funding.

Julie noted that “CCEDC’s i2n program helped us generate more buzz abut our company in the local community, as well as put our best foot forward in the larger marketplace.”


  • 105

    Startup companies served by i2n with 86 warm introductions

  • 15

    Events including 10 i2n Entrepreneurs’ Roundtables and 5 Open Pitch Coaching sessions

  • $867,938

    in KIZ Tax Credits awarded to 12 companies

Additional Highlights
  • 102

    ENGAGE! Business Assessment meetings

  • 5,442

    Total attendees at our events

  • Created

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force


During the past year we dedicated time and energy to updating our digital presence. Working together, CCEDC and several of its programs developed a consistent look and functionality that reinforces the relationship between the entities. The result is vibrant websites that simply convey information to our online visitors.


Legacy Investors
    • ANRO, Inc.
    • BB&T Bank/Truist
    • Bentley Systems
    • CCRES, Education and Behavioral Health Services
    • Cerner Health Services
    • Communications Test Design, Inc.
    • Delaware County Community College
    • Fox Rothschild
    • Hankin Group
    • M & T Bank
    • Meridian Bank
    • PECO Energy
    • Vanguard
    • West Pharmaceutical Services
    • WSFS
Strategic Investors
    • Advantage Building & Facility Services, LLC
    • CCIU
    • Chester County Fund for Women and Girls
    • Customers Bank
    • Endo Pharmaceuticals
    • First Bank of NJ
    • First Citizens Bank
    • Fulton Bank
    • Gawthrop Greenwood
    • HomeNet Automotive/Cox Automotive
    • Lamb McErlane
    • Malvern Bank
    • Mid Penn Bank
    • Pennoni
    • QVC
    • RKL, LLC
    • S & T Bank
    • Universal Pure
    • West Chester University
Development Investors
    • AGI, An Ansys Company
    • Beiler-Campbell Realtors
    • Belfor Property Restoration
    • Benchmark Federal Credit Union
    • Bernardon
    • Brandywine Realty Trust
    • Brite Realty Services
    • CCIDA
    • Center for Regional Analysis
    • Cloud@work
    • C. R. Meyer & Sons Co.
    • Comcast
    • Eldredge, Inc
    • Evolve IP
    • First National Bank
    • Fischer Cunnane & Associates
    • Frontage Labs
    • Global Market Management
    • Immaculata University
    • iPipeline
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
    • Key Financial Inc.
    • Krapf Group, Inc.
    • Kreischer Miller
    • Lavazza Professional, LLC
    • Longwood Gardens
    • Maillie, LLP
    • Manito Title Insurance Co.
    • McCausland Keen & Buckman
    • Noetic
    • Palma, LP
    • Penn State Great Valley
    • Pepperidge Farm
    • Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust
    • Praentix
    • Precesion Pro Sports
    • Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
    • Sikorsky Global Helicopters-Lockheed Martin
    • Stephano Slack
    • Sycamore International Inc.
    • Tavern 52
    • The Bedwell Company
    • The Lewis Group
    • The Tri-M Group, LLC
    • Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
    • Warfel Construction Company
Growth Investors
    • 21/20 Creative Design
    • A. Stevens Krug Architects
    • Advanced GeoServices/Montrose
    • AOIC, LLC
    • Aqua
    • Brennan’s Office Interiors
    • Brickhouse Environmental
    • Brumbaugh Wealth Management
    • C. Raymond Davis & Sons
    • Carroll Engineering Inc.
    • Celero Commercial Solutions
    • Chemtech Environmental
    • Chester Water Authority
    • City National Bank
    • Core Design Group, LLC
    • Coventry Environmental
    • Delaware Valley Concrete, Co.
    • Devault Food Packing
    • DiStefano Landscaping Servies
    • ECON Partners Inc.
    • Econsult Solutions
    • Envirosure
    • Feeding Frenzy
    • First Eastern Development Company
    • First Resource Bank
    • gbuild Construction Managers
    • Headroom, LLC
    • IFM Efector/Prover
    • Innovative Solutions & Support Inc.
    • Jackson Cross Partners
    • J.P. Morgan Chase
    • Kaolin Mushroom Farms
    • Lasko Products, Inc.
    • Life Sciences PA
    • MacElree Harvey
    • Maguire Hayden Real Estate Co.
    • MBO Investments Inc.
    • McMahon Associates, Inc.
    • MVM Associates
    • Nave Newell, Inc.
    • NewWays AirBearing
    • Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel
    • Pegasus Technologies
    • Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
    • Prosper Bank
    • Purispec
    • Rainer & Company
    • Rettew Associates
    • Revolt Group
    • Rooney Novak Isenhour Group
    • Sobel Valuations Inc.
    • Starfield & Smith PC
    • Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate, LLC
    • The Atticus Group
    • The Protection Bureau
    • Univest
    • USSC
    • Vista.Today
    • Waln Run Investments
    • Wisler Pearlstine
    • YMWIC
    • Zakback, Inc.
Goodwill Investors
    • 44 Business Capital
    • Advaite
    • All-County Partnership
    • Automated Financial Systems Inc.
    • Bender Electronics
    • Berkshire Hathaway
    • Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning
    • Centric Bank
    • Chester County Hospital - Penn Medicine
    • Chester Valley Engineers
    • CII Council
    • Clark & Gashow Financial Strategic Group, LLC
    • Cord of Three Strands
    • DFT, Inc.
    • Diane Disney
    • Dynamic solar
    • EDIS
    • EHD Inc.
    • Executive Office Link
    • First Liberty Partners
    • G.A. Vietri Inc.
    • H. Kramer & Co.
    • Herr Foods
    • Lieberman, Earley Co.
    • NextHome, LP
    • PAC Strapping Products
    • Paoli Hospital
    • PayUSA
    • Pohlig Builders, LLC
    • Provident Bank
    • Ray Ott & Associates
    • TD Bank
    • Traffic Planning & Design, Inc.
    • Trion Group.
    • Victory Bank
    • Wohlsen Construction
    • Workspace Property Trust
    • YMCA of Greater Breandywine


Officers Chair

Craig A. Styer, Esquire

  • Vice Chair

    Bill Stedman

  • Treasurer

    Michael J. Hankin

  • Secretary

    R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky, Ph.D.

  • Craig Adler


    Patrick Bokovitz

    County of Chester, Human Services

    Thomas J. Burke


    Dave Dadoly

    Bentley Systems, Inc.

    Diane M. Disney, Ph.D.

    Penn State Brandywine

    Annette F. Favorite

    West Pharmaceuticals Services, Inc.

    Sean Fitzpatrick

    Chester County Hospital

    David Hackett

    Cozen O’Connor

    Bobby Kagel

    County of Chester

    Duane Knecht


    Zeke Li

    Frontage Laboratories

    Josh Maxwell

    County of Chester

    Greg Newell

    Nave Newell, Inc.

    W. Todd Pohlig

    Pohlig Builders

    Anand Solanki


    James E. Turner

    Chester Water Authority

  • Miguel Baptista

    M&T Bank

    Michael A. Bray

    Villanova University

    John J. Camero

    Customers Bank

    Marc Davis

    The Atticus Group

    Philip Earley

    Lieberman Earley & Company

    Steve Figgatt

    Sycamore International

    Clare Freimuth


    Sassan Hejazi

    Kreischer Miller

    Michael J. Kelly

    CCRES – Education and Behavioral Health Services

    A. Stevens Krug

    Krug Architects

    Adam Loew

    J Loew & Associates

    Marian McGorry, Ph.D.

    Delaware County Community College

    Brian N. O’Leary, AICP

    Chester County Planning Commission

    Gregory Reaves

    Mosaic Development Partners

    Eric Stone

    Genesis Packaging Technologies

    Dwayne Walton

    Parkesburg Point

  • Christopher Benevento

    Longwood Gardens

    Vanessa Briggs

    Alliance for Health Equity

    Joyce Chester

    Chester County OIC

    Michael A. DeHaven, CPA

    Rainer and Company

    Phillip Eastman

    PECO, An Exelon Company

    George Fiore, Ed.D

    Chester County Intermediate Unit

    Al Fuller

    Cleveland Cliffs

    Bill Hostetter

    Hostetter Grain

    Michelle Kichline

    County of Chester

    Louis B. Kupperman, Esquire

    Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP

    Michael Long


    Michael F. Merlie, Esquire

    Gawthrop Greenwood

    Tim Phelps


    W. Patrick Scott, Esquire


    Thomas J. Trantas


Honorary Directors

  • Arthur Bernardon


    Robert F. Fischer, CPA

    Fischer Cunnane & Associates, Ltd.

    R. Stanley Schuck

    Former Board Chair

  • Edwin A. Brownley, Jr.

    Former Board Chair

    Conrad M. Olie

    Former Board Chair

    John C. Snyder, Esquire

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

  • Nancy R. Corson

    Former Board Chair

    Frank Piliero

    Marsh Creek Corporate Services

    Hanno Spranger

    Former Board Chair

Directors Emeritus

  • F. William Bogle

    Global Market Management

    Marian D. Moskowitz

    County of Chester

  • Edward J. Breiner

    Waln Run Investments, LLC

    Jim Reading

    All-County Partnership

  • Roger N. Huggins, Esquire

    Lamb McErlane


  • Helen J. Esbenshade, Esquire

    Lamb McErlane

  • Richard Frazier, Esquire

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

  • Edward J. Hollin, Esquire

    Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco