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Chester County Economic
Development Council

Annual Review





Financial Solutions


in public financing processed for 29 projects


received in grant funding for 28 proposals

Enabled 15 companies to receive


in KIZ Tax Credits

Launch of SeedcoDE
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Burkholder Brothers
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West Goshen Neighborhood
Improvement District
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Launch of Finance Finder
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In February, Seedcopa ventured south of the Maxson-Dixon line and began operations in Delaware. The new initiative is called SeedcoDE. The strategy for success has been augmenting our bank relationships with a marketing plan that targets centers of influence and has direct reach to borrowers

To date, SeedcoDE has established relationships with more than 130 centers of influence and created a mailing list of more than 125 commercial real estate brokers.

SeedcoDE also partnered with West End Neighborhood, a community organization that assists with socioeconomic issues in Wilmington and with Finata, an organization that helps the Hispanic population with credit issues, business counseling. and micro loans.


A few years ago, we featured brothers Barry and Mark Burkholder and their business – Burkholder Landscaping. In 2016, they turned to Seedcopa to help them secure an SBA loan to purchase a 3-acre property to expand their operations and create new jobs.

By 2019 the Burkholders were again looking expand so they naturally reached out to Seedcopa for assistance. The brothers had been renting 5.27 acres adjacent to the parcel they purchased in 2016 and wanted to purchase the additional acerage.

The SBA 504 program provided funding to support the continued growth of the Burkholder Brothers Landscaping who established their business in 1945. It is always encouraging when we have the opportunity to work with the borrower on more than one project.”

— Seedcopa Managing Director Sherwood Robbins

RLD Woodlands, LLC requested tax-exempt financing through the Chester County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) for their Woodlands at Greystone project. The residential subdivision is situated on 433 acres between Pottstown Pike, Phoenixville Pike and the Rt. 322 bypass.

By creating a Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) that encompasses the development in West Goshen Township, CCIDA was able to provide a private placement of tax-exempt bonds to support the needed public infrastructure at the site – including six miles of roads, many miles of sanitary sewer lines, two sanitary sewer pump stations, and several bridges.

The project will also produce a 162-acre public park for the enjoyment of West Goshen Township residents. The park includes six miles of trails in a wooded, passive environment with several trail heads with parking lots, including the main trail head with a 90-spot parking lot.


In April, we launched a new themed newsletter – Finance Finder. The monthly eblast piggybacks on Seedcopa/SeedcoDE’s successful Rate Tracker newsletter

Both feature current SBA504 and PIDA loan rates and serve to encourage area companies to reach out to us for assistance in accessing various federal, state, and local loan programs.

CCEDC’s Finance Finder also features successful loan projects, shares news about our clients, and highlights how the various loan programs could be helpful to potential borrowers

Route 724 Regional Initiative

Focused on smart growth

Pennhurst Development

PA CFA BOS Grant/Loan

Former Phoenix Steel Site Remediation


Rajant Corporation


Uptown Worthington Development

PA OB RACP Grant/; PA DCED MTF Application

East Whiteland Township Commercial Development


Boy Scouts of America


Arcadia Wayne Glen Regional Basin Project

PA OB RACP Grant Application

Dowingtown River Station RACP


East Brandywine Development RACP


Coatesville Train Station

PennDOT Grant

Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment

PA OB RACP Grant / PA CFA BOS Grant/Loan and MTF Grant

CCIU Child and Career Development Center


CTDI Renovation and Expansion Project


Public Safety Training Facility

Cooperative Agreement Grant

Coatesville Office RACP Project


Route 1 Corridor

Economic Development Initative Project

Lincoln University

Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ)

Cheyney University
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CTDI Project
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KIZ Location Map
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Trip to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China
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CCEDC is working with Mosaic Development Partners of Philadelphia to identify new opportunities on Cheyney University’s campus. Specifically, the aim is to identify facilities that would be suitable for companies to locate on Cheyney’s campus, creating economic value and incorporating students into their programming.

This public/private partnership will also provide students with career exploration and internship opportunities that will revitalize the campus and enhance the educational experience of the student population.


Keystone Innovation Zones

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Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) was awarded a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for preliminary “site work” on a project in East Sadsbury Township.

The RACP funding enabled CTDI to address earthwork, erosion and sedimentation controls, and the relocation of electrical conduit and transformers as part of a larger non-RACP funded addition of a new worksite for the company.

A Chester County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) grant was the conduit and the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) was the grant administrator.


In December 2018 a Chester County delegation embarked on and 11-day trip to promote business and investment opportunities in the county to foreign markets. The event was organized by the Chester County China Initiative (CCCI) which is jointly run by CCEDC and the County of Chester.

CCEDC’s Komeil Nasrollahi who serves as program manager for (CCCI) joined Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell on the visit to Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Fuyang and Funan.

Key outcomes included: partnering with a private equity firm in Hong Kong to attract FDI to the county; meetings with Taiwan-based Health Ever Bio Tech and Hushan Auto parts about establishing their businesses in Chester County; a proposal to Bright Dairy in Shanghai to build a processing plant in the county; and a tour of the already established joint venture mushroom growing facility in Funan.

volunteers supported our efforts
companies were involved in our initiatives
adults from 31 companies received training
youth participated in career exploration activities
girls attended GETT
companies hosted STEM Innovation events
Health Care Innovators
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HireOne Partners to Create
Communities of Hiring
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The Philly ‘burbs premier
technology conference
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STEM Innovation Programs
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Last November, Health Care Connect brought together a group to discuss the state of the health care industry in Chester County and the surrounding region. Comprised of senior executives in the health care industry, the group was dubbed Health Care Innovators.

While noting the remarkable health care offerings in the region, the Innovators also agreed that the primary challenge facing the industry is insufficient behavioral health services to help combat the opioid crisis. This led the planning and execution of a first-of-Its-kind county business forum on substance abuse and mental health issues in the workplace - Drug Addiction and Mental Health in the Workplace: Truths and Solutions.

As CCEDC moves into its 60th year, Health Care Connect and the Health Care Innovators will continue to address issues affecting the health care community.


Conference Theme — The Societal Impacts of Technology


152 Attendees
from 76 Different
28 Speakers
Over 13 sessions
4 Panel Discussions:
  • Technology and Corporate Strategy
  • Attracting Investment Capital
  • Blockchain and the Law
  • Cybersecurity

Attendee Feedback:

Very interesting topics. Speakers were engaged, knowledgeable, passionate. Would venture to say the topics and speakers were even better this year.”

Really great event, very organized and efficient. Will be back… I'm a millennial and loved this event- would love to see more young people attending/ know they could benefit.”


During the past year, CCEDC rebranded its career exploration programming for area youth under the umbrella of STEM Innovation.

During FY19, more than 4,600 students participated in STEM activities that are designed to help grow our workforce and to equip students with knowledge about careers in high-priority industries. Highlights include:

Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s
Technology (GETT)
What’s So Cool About
Summer Career Academies in
healthcare, technology, and

Innovation Culture

Served +

startup and growth companies in software/IT, biotech, medical devices, digital health, clean tech, and more

Promoted Venture Chesco Fund - early stage funding program for emerging companies in Chester County

new jobs created with KIZ Reporting Companies

KIZ Reporting Companies spent


on research, design, and testing

4 new products launched, and 13 patents
filed or awarded with KIZ Reporting Companies

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i2n and CCEDC have been great partners on our start up journey. From finding ready to use workspace, to hiring great local talent, to getting advice on funding, they have been a one-stop-shop. Very grateful for all the resources they have made available to us during this partnership.
Anurag Jain, CEO of eTopUpOnline, an i2n company
i2n ⚊ A Culture of Collaboration
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The Network that Powers i2n
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i2n and CCEDC have been great partners on our start up journey. From finding ready to use workspace, to hiring great local talent, to getting advice on funding, they have been a one-stop-shop. Very grateful for all the resources they have made available to us during this partnership.
Anurag Jain, CEO of eTopUpOnline, an i2n company
Need Design

For i2n and its many entrepreneurs, the key to success is collaboration in support of regional innovation. For example, in 2019, two major events—Chester County Startup Weekend and the West Chester University Business Idea Competition—brought together dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs, startup companies, mentors, advisors, and judges to find, inspire, and spur the best innovative ideas in our region.

By collaborating with partners like Penn State Great Valley REV-UP and West Chester University’s Cottrell Center, i2n can expand the power of its network, leverage the many terrific local resources, and offer entrepreneurs the broadest range of solutions on funding, workspace, mentorship, and key connections.

Alliance Pharma
Brandywine Photonics
Dynamic Energy
Evolve IP
Fibrocell Science
Melior Discovery
Momentum Dynamics
Petromar Technologies
Prosehetic Innovations
Quanta Technologies
Venatorx Pharmaceuticals
Y-Prime Technologies
Blogger Republik
Brandywine Pharma
Celero Commercial Solutions
Chemtech Environmental Solutions
Eigen X
Glutalor Medical
Kinos Medical
Mission Surgical Innovations
Ozara Biomedical Solutions
Precision Pro Media
Precision Pro Sports
Rhoads Business Services
The Tail Win Company
Unilog Content Solutions
Universal Pure
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Chester County Industrial Development Authority
County of Chester
Delaware County Community College
Evolve IP
Fox Rothschild LLP
Franklin Commons
HomeNet Automotive
Kutztown University SBDC
Life Sciences PA
McCausland Keen & Buckman
MVM Associates
Penn State Great Valley
The Hankin Group
West Chester University
Wilmington Trust

New This Year

Our Team
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Our Board
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Our Events
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Our Investors
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Gary W. Smith
President and CEO
Kate Baganski
Grants and Brownfields Project Consultant
John Buckheit, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
Sherry Cockerham
Project Coordinator
Marybeth DiVincenzo
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Kathy Field
Special Projects Director
Mike Grigalonis
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Jim Hammond
Patrick Hayakawa
Vice President, Innovation & Emerging Technologies
Laura Heikkila
Project Consultant
Justine Holton
Program Coordinator
Elaine Jasper
Grants Coordinator
Nancy Jones
Operations Specialist
Cheryl Korn
Project Coordinator
Melissa LaRosa
Operations & Credit Coordinator
Jim Lauckner
Senior Project Consultant
Jack London
Senior Manager, Business and Community Development
Kathy McAfee
Loan Documentation and Servicing Specialist
MaryFrances McGarrity
Senior Vice President, Business Development Services
Marcia McGavisk
Vice President, Operations and Credit Manager
Chris McHenry
Senior Portfolio and Compliance Manager
Kathleen Nader
Facilities Manager
Komeil Nasrollahi
Project Manager
Tracey Oberholtzer
Events Manager
Mary Kay Owen
Project Consultant
Dottie Pepe
Accounting Clerk
Lori Pickford
Business Development Coordinator
Sherwood Robbins
Managing Director, Seedcopa
Leslie Rylke
Marketing and Creative Services Manager
Marie Shires
Vice President and Relationship Manager
Marianne Stack
Project Manager
Janet Stretch
Grants Consultant
Patti VanCleave
Project Manager
Marrea Walker-Smith
Project Consultant
Edward J. Breiner
Waln Run Investments LLC
Vice Chair
Marian D. Moskowitz
Franklin Commons, L.P.
Craig A. Styer,
Fox Rothschild LLP
Esquire Bill Stedman
Board Members
Craig Adler
Deborah Antonini
Vanguard Group
Christoper Benevento
Longwood Gardens
R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky
West Chester University
L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D.
Delaware County Community College
Michael A. Bray
Villanova University
Thomas J. Burke
John J. Camero
Customers Bank
Chris Czyzewski
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Michael J. Duncan
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
Trish Faidiga
Advantage Building & Facility Services, LLC
Brian Feldman
Director, US Crews
Karen Flynn
West Pharmaceuticals Services, Inc.
Michael J. Hankin
Hankin Group
Lara Lamparski
Bentley Systems
Harry J. Lewis, Jr.
Vince Liuzzi
Adam Loew
J Loew & Associates
Ed McAssey
Jim Manser
Endo Health Solutions
Ed Martin
Michael F. Merlie, Esquire
Gawthrop Greenwood
Keith Montone
Bob Norris
Next Home, LP
Joseph J. O'Brien, Ed.D.
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Daniel G. Ostien
Colfax Corporation
Brenna Quinn
Cerner Corporation
W. Patrick Scott, Esquire
MacElree Harvey
Paul Spiegel
Practical Energy Solutions
Dave Spinelli
ANRO, Inc.
James E. Turner
Chester Water Authority
Honorary Directors
Arthur A. Bernardon, AIA
Edwin A. Brownley, Jr.
PAC Strapping Products, In./div>
Nancy R. Corson
Robert F. Fischer, CPA
Conrad M. Olie
Frank A. Piliero
Marsh Creek Corporate Services
R. Stanley Schuck
John C. Snyder, Esquire
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LL
Hanno Spranger
Directors Emeritus
F. William Bogle
Global Market Management
Roger N. Huggins, Esquire
Lamb McErlane
Jim Reading
RedGo Development
Governmental & Ex-Officio Members
Patrick Bokovitz
Chester County Department Community Development
*Adam Cathers
Wohlsen Construction
*Kathi Cozzone
Commissioner, County of Chester
Michael A. DeHaven, CPA
Rainer and Company
*Diane M. Disney, Ph.D.
Penn State Brandywine
*Phillip Eastman
PECO, an Exelon Company
*Cathy Emig
Kendal Crosslands
*Terence Farrell
Commissioner, County of Chester
*Michael Harrington, Esquire
Fox Rothschild LLP
Bobby Kagel
County of Chester
Michelle Kichline
Commissioner, County of Chester
Louis B. Kupperman, Esquire
Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP
*Jim Lee
*Chris Molineaux
Life Science Pennsylvania
*Claire Mooney
Jennersville Hospital
*Greg Newell
Nave Newell, Inc.
Brian N. O'Leary, AICP
Chester County Planning Commission
*Tim Phelps
*W. Todd Pohlig
Pohlig Builders
Joe Toner
Uwchlan Township IDA
*Ralf Weiser
*Denotes Ex-Officio/non voting members
Solicitor for CCEDC
Helen J. Esbenshade, Esquire
Lamb McErlane
Solicitor for CCEDF
Richard Frazier, Esquire
Saul Ewing LLP
Solicitor for Seedcopa
Edward J. Hollin, Esquire
Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
Legacy Investors
  • ANRO
  • BB&T
  • Bentley Systems
  • Cerner
  • Delaware County Community College
  • DNB First
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Fulton Bank
  • Hankin Group
  • Gawthrop Greenwood
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • M&T Bank
  • Meridian Bank
  • PECO
  • RKL, LLP
  • The McLean Foundation
  • Trion Group
  • Vanguard Group
  • West Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • WSFS
Strategic Investors
  • Advantage Building & Facility Services, LLC
  • AGI
  • Bernardon
  • Brumbaugh Wealth Management
  • Bryn Mawr Trust Company
  • CCIU
  • CTDI
  • Customers Bank
  • ENDO
  • Evolve IP
  • First Priority Bank
  • Franklin Commons
  • HomeNet Automotive
  • iPipeline
  • Lamb McErlane
  • Lasko Products
  • MacElree Harvey
  • Malvern Bank
  • MBO Investment Properties
  • MVM Associates
  • Pennoni
  • Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
  • Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin
  • Warfel Construction
Development Investors
  • Aerzen USA
  • All4
  • Barsz, Gowie, Amon & Fultz
  • Benchmark Federal Credit Union
  • Beneficial Bank
  • Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Cheshire Enterprise
  • Chesmont Valley Ventures
  • CitiBank
  • Comcast
  • Delware Valley HIMS
  • Exelon Generation
  • First Resource Bank
  • Fischer Cunnane & Associates
  • First Bank
  • Georgia Pacific Corrigated
  • Global Market Management
  • Heritage Concrete
  • IBEW
  • IFM Efector
  • Immaculata University
  • John Rock Inc.
  • Key Financial, Inc.
  • Korman Communities
  • Krapf's Coaches
  • Kreischer Miller
  • Lavazza
  • L. F. Lambert Spawn
  • Maillie, LLP
  • McCausland Keen and Buckman
  • McGeary Grain
  • Nancy & Michael Pia
  • Nave Newell
  • Penn State Great Valley
  • Phillips Brothers Electrical Co., Inc.
  • Pfizer
  • Phoenixville Hospital - Tower Health
  • Qnectus
  • Stephano Slack
  • Sycamore International
  • The Bedwell Company
  • The Lewis Group
  • The Protection Bureau
  • Trammell Crow
  • Univest
  • Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
  • UPS
  • USSC, Inc.
  • ViaOne Services
  • Waln Run Investments
  • West Chester University
Growth Investors
  • 2010 Solutions
  • 2120 Creative, Inc.
  • Advanced GeoServices
  • Aqua
  • Atlantic Utility Sales
  • Beiler Campbell Co.
  • Bender Inc.
  • Bergey's Truck Center
  • Brite Realty Services
  • Carroll Engineering Corporation
  • Chester County Hospital - Penn Medicine
  • Chester Water Authority
  • Coventry Environmental
  • D. L. Howell
  • Delaware Valley Concrete
  • DellBoomi
  • DiStephano Landscaping
  • Dynamic Solar Solutions
  • E. Kahn Development Corp.
  • Econ Partners
  • Econsult Solutions
  • EnviroSure
  • Evolution Energy Partners
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • First Lease Inc.
  • Flowers Baking Company
  • Foley CAT
  • gBuild Construction Managers
  • Headroom
  • Heritage Land Transfer
  • Infiana USA
  • Innovative Solutions & Support
  • Jackson Cross Partners
  • JD Mushrooms
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kaolin Mushroom Farms, Inc.
  • Life Sciences PA
  • Loan Logistics
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Maguire Hayden Real Estate Investments, LLC
  • Manito Abstract Company
  • McMahon Associates
  • Miller Designworks
  • Misko
  • Moody's Analytics
  • ONExia
  • Pegasus Technologies
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
  • Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust
  • Purispec
  • Rainer & Company
  • Ray Ott & Associates
  • Rettew
  • R-V Industries
  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Seigfreid Advisory
  • SouthCo
  • Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
  • Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate, LLC
  • The Brennan Collective
  • Theraceutix, LLC
  • Traffic Planning and Design
  • Tri-M Group
  • Unisys
  • Wipfli
  • YMCA of Brandywine
  • YMWIC Foundation
  • Zakback Promotional Products
Goodwill Investors
  • 44 Business Capital
  • AAUW West Chester
  • Alan McIlvain Co.
  • American Crane
  • Anholt Technologies, Inc.
  • ATC Group
  • Automated Financial Services Inc.
  • Barley Snyder
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Brandywine Hospital - Tower Health
  • Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Braskem
  • Brickhouse Environmental
  • Brite Facility Solutions
  • CBRE
  • CF Fresh, LLC
  • Chester Valley Engineers
  • CHOP
  • Clark & Goshow
  • CNC Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • Cord of Three Strands
  • DFT, Inc.
  • Diane Disney
  • Doyle Alliance Group
  • DSM Biomedical
  • Edward B. Walsh
  • Executive Office Link
  • First Liberty Partners
  • G. A. Vietri
  • Gunnip & Company
  • H & R Block
  • Herr Foods
  • Honeywell
  • Human Capital Consulting
  • Infinata
  • Interland Real Estate
  • Krug Architects
  • Lieberman Earley & Company
  • Main Line Services
  • Metallurgical Products, Inc.
  • MOOG, Inc.
  • Neilsen - Kellerman
  • New Way Air Bearings
  • NextHome
  • Omega Design
  • PAC Strapping Products
  • Paoli Hospital
  • PayUSA
  • Pennsylvania Machine Works
  • Pohlig Builders
  • Quinn Wealth Management
  • Rigg Darlington
  • Spring City Electrical
  • TD Bank
  • University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine
  • Wilmington Trust