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Annual Review 2017–2018

Financing Solutions


SBA Financing Approved for Borrowers


Provided by CCIDA in tax exempt financing


Total Grant Project Funding


In KIZ Tax Credits for Emerging Growth Companies

New Jobs Created

and 228 Jobs Retained Through Seedcopa Loan Projects

Ice Line Scores with Seedcopa Financed Facility Expansion

Ice Line, a popular indoor ice-skating rink in West Chester completed a 10,000-square-foot addition that includes a gastropub, new high-end locker rooms, offices, and storage areas. The project received funding assistance through Seedcopa, an affiliate of CCEDC. Sherwood P. Robbins, Seedcopa’s managing director facilitated an SBA Loan that supported the expansion. “I really enjoyed working with the team at Ice Line, helping them to understand the flexibility of the SBA program and how it would benefit their expansion,” said Robbins.


The new restaurant, Goal Line, looks down on one sheet of ice and has closed circuit TVs broadcasting a live feed of three others. Visitors can watch the action while enjoying a beverage or meal. Goal Line is open to the general public, serves lunch and dinner and pub food during late night skate sessions as well as breakfast on the weekends.

The restaurant is part of management’s commitment to keep the rink in the forefront of the amateur hockey and ice-skating worlds, said Dave Foreman, chief financial officer of Ice Line. “Parents bringing their children to practice and those attending tournaments expressed a desire for a place to relax and eat while waiting” said Foreman. “It’s a popular trend among ice venues,” Foreman said of the new restaurant. “You need to have something like this to have people come back.”

Financing is a Key Ingredient for Success

An affiliate of the Chester County Economic Development Council, Seedcopa specializes in facilitating financing for new and growing businesses. Among the companies that Seedcopa helped this year were two small food businesses who utilized Seedcopa’s direct revolving loan program established through an indirect grant funded under the Small Business Credit Initiative Act of 2010 by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

iSwich Gourmet, a family-owned and operated artisan frozen dessert and ice cream company was looking to expand its operations. Owner Angela O’Brien started the business in 2014 in the Artisan Exchange, an incubator for area food entrepreneurs in West Chester. O’Brien wanted to expand her business by purchasing a production facility for its various all-natural ice cream products and incorporate ingredients from only the finest sources and turned to Seedcopa to for assistance. Utilizing the Seedcopa direct loan program as a mezzanine funding source in cooperation with Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust, iSwich was able to purchase and renovate a 3,040 square foot building in West Chester in January 2018.


The Ugly Mutt restaurant has been a neighborhood staple in the Oxford, PA community for many years. The business and property were put up for sale by its owners and a Chester County couple entered into an agreement to purchase the property. Coatesville Savings committed to funding the acquisition, but a mezzanine piece was needed to complete the purchase of the building, equipment and liquor license. The bank turned to Seedcopa for assistance. Seedcopa was able to provide the required mezzanine finance that allowed the acquisition of the restaurant and preserved the existence of the famous Bacon & Bleu Burger for future generations.

At the Intersection of Financing Assistance and Redevelopment

Redgo Development’s Jim Reading serves as the chair of CCEDC’s Redevelopment Committee and knows first-hand how important grants, loans, and other financing assistance can be to the success of a project.

Location Services

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

National Liberty Corporate Campus


Boy Scouts of America


Rajant Corporation

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

Coatesville Office/ Hotel Development


National Iron & Steel Museum


Public Safety Training Facility

Cooperative Agreement Grant

CTDI Renovation


Route 1 Corridor

Economic Development Initative Project

Lincoln University

Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ)

Route 724
Route 1

Smart Growth

Route 724

The 12-mile PA 724 corridor in northeast Chester County provides the opportunity for your business to connect to regional employment centers and other major transportation routes.

Route 1

The 50-mile US Route 1 corridor in southern Chester County provides the opportunity for your business to identify marketable sites and connect to regional employment centers with access to major transportation routes.

Hankin Group’s Community Building Spreads to Downingtown

The Hankin Group acquired 68 total acres in Downingtown and in East Caln Township, located at the intersection of Boot Road and Route 322 (Brandywine Avenue) with plans to build 442 residential units atop 14,200 square feet of retail space. In addition, the development will feature a pedestrian bridge connecting Downingtown’s Johnsontown Park to the east bank of the Brandywine Creek and a trail system that links to the proposed extension of the Chester-Valley Trail system. It will also include over 100,000 square-feet of commercial office space.

“We are excited to support Hankin Group’s efforts to redevelop the former Sonoco property,” said Mike Grigalonis, Chief Operating Officer for the Chester County Economic Development Council. “The Transit-Oriented-Design (TOD) concept they have designed is innovative and will transform the gateway to Downingtown coming from the south,” he continued.

Route 724 Opportunity Sites

The 12-mile PA 724 corridor in northeast Chester County provides the opportunity for your business to connect to regional employment centers and other major transportation routes. Click through this mapping tool to find available development sites.

US Route 1 Opportunity Sites

The 50-mile US Route 1 corridor in southern Chester County provides the opportunity for your business to identify marketable sites and connect to regional employment centers with access to major transportation routes. Click through this mapping tool to find available development sites.

China Desk Connects Chester County Businesses Looking to Expand

During the past year, Chester County forged stronger ties with China. The Chester County Economic Development Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shimin Law Offices to create a “China Desk.” Michael Grigalonis, chief operating officer of the Development Council, and Shikun Gao, partner at Shimin Law Offices, signed the memorandum at a ceremony in Philadelphia.


“The major objective is to create a competitive advantage for companies in Chester County,” Grigalonis said earlier this week. “Hopefully we can create some value to the companies here in the county.” With the relationship, Chester County businesses, through the China Desk, will have “a vetted, trusted partner we’ve developed a relationship with,” he said.

China is seen as both a lucrative market and one filled with dangers for unwary U.S. companies. Many Chester County companies are already doing business in China but county officials, led by County Commissioner Terence Farrell, would like to see more.

“With China having the second largest economy in the world and growing, some day to surpass the United States, the place has always been fascinating to me,” Farrell said in explaining his interest in exploring the country as a potential market for Chester County companies.

Workforce Development

Career Academies Getting Kids Ready for Their Futures

Pennsylvania’s Department of Education recently unveiled its Future Ready PA index to measure how schools are performing and making progress on multiple indicators. A key component of the index is the career readiness standards in which students throughout Pennsylvania are given opportunities to prepare for their future careers.


The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) has been providing a variety of career exploration events for years, the latest of which are the addition of career academies in several disciplines. Held either during the summer or as year-long programs, students get up close and in-depth exposure to various careers within a certain field.

The Healthcare Connect Academy expanded from a one-week camp during the summer of 2017 that served 17 high schoolers to four separate offerings ranging from middle school to pre-college. At total of 70 students were involved this year. The programs kicked off with a white coat ceremony in June followed by one-week camps for middle school kids ages 12-13, age 14, and high school students age 15. The pre-college program for ages 16-18 included a one-week camp, one-week internship, and ongoing programming throughout the school year.

Also new this year was the addition of a week-long Be Your Own Boss camp for young tech entrepreneurs. A total of 13 students worked in small groups to identify a need, develop a solution, and pitch their idea to area industry professionals.

Number of Industry Partnership Participants:

6,972 ATTENDEES at Workforce Events
975 Different ORGANIZATIONS Represented
Career Exploration Activities
970 VOLUNTEERS Helped Make It All Possible
Tech Industry Turns to ITAG for Solutions

ITAG's board chair - Leah Fox of LoanLogics, Inc. and co-chair - Erik Gudmunson of Pegaus Technologies share how ITAG can help industry professionals through networking, conferences, training and more.

Innovation Culture






Strengthening the Ecosystem for Area Startups

During the past year, the Chester County Economic Development Council via its Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) shepherded several new opportunities for area entrepreneurs.

In January, i2n partnered with West Chester University’s Dr. Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center to offer an Angel Venture Fair Educational Workshop. More than 75 were in attendance to learn how to successfully pitch to investors and prepare to attend the annual Angel Venture Fair (AVF)


In June, i2n and the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership teamed up again and were joined by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce to offer a TechStars Weekend. For 54 hours spanning from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, 60 people gathered in an attempt to take their ideas from thought to reality. Participants worked with mentors from the region’s business leaders, participated in a variety of workshops, and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges Sunday afternoon.

An addition to the ecosystem for area entrepreneurs was the launch of the Venture Chesco Fund. The County of Chester and Ben Franklin Technology Partners joined to launch the fund which will invest $4 million in emerging and growing companies located in, or willing to locate to Chester County.

Jobs Created
current and prospective emerging growth companies Served
in KIZ tax credits were awarded to 19 i2n companies
Spent or research, development, and testing
i2n Incubates
Successful Startups

Fox Rothchild's Michael Harrington serves as co-chair of the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n). He discusses the growth of i2n and its impact on area startups.

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Legacy Investors
  • ANRO
  • BB&T Bank
  • Bentley Systems
  • Cerner
  • CTDI
  • Delaware County Community College
  • DNB First
  • Econsult Solutions
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Hankin Group
  • M & T Bank
  • Meridian Bank
  • PECO Energy
  • QVC
  • Vanguard
  • West Pharmaceuticals
  • WSFS
Strategic Investors
  • Advantage Building & Facility Services, LLC
  • Ag Development Council
  • AGI
  • Beneficial Bank
  • Bernardon
  • Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Brumbaugh Wealth Management
  • Citadel
  • Customers Bank
  • DSM Biomedical
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • First Priority Bank
  • Fischer Cunnane & Associates
  • Fulton Bank
  • Gawthrop Greenwood
  • HomeNet Automotive
  • Malvern Federal Savings Bank
  • RKL, LLP
  • Sikorsky Global Helicopters/Lockheed Martin
  • Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Turn 5
Development Investors
  • Aerzen USA
  • All4
  • Benchmark Federal Credit Union
  • Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Bryn Mawr Trust Company
  • CCIU
  • Ches-Mont Valley Ventures
  • Chester County Hospital - Penn Medicine
  • Comcast
  • Delaware Valley HIMS
  • Evolve IP
  • First Resource Bank
  • Global Marketing Management
  • IFM Efector
  • Immaculata University
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Infinia USA, Inc.
  • Kendal Crosslands Communities
  • Key Financial, Inc.
  • Korman Suites/AVE
  • Krapf's Coaches
  • Kreischer Miller
  • Lamb McErlane
  • Lasko Products
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • Life Sciences Pennsylvania
  • MacElree Harvey
  • Maillie, LLP
  • MARS Drinks, Inc.
  • McCausland Keen & Buckman
  • MVM Associates
  • PAC Strapping Products
  • Penn State Great Valley
  • Pennoni
  • Phoenixville Hospital
  • Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Schramm
  • Sycamore International
  • The Bedwell Company
  • The Lewis Group
  • Trammell Crow
  • Univest
  • Unruh Turner Bruke & Frees, PC
  • UPS
  • Waln Run Investments, LLC
  • Warfel Construction
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University
  • Zakback Promotional Products
Growth Investors
  • 20/10 Solutions
  • 2120 Creative
  • Advanced GeoServices
  • Advantage Engineers
  • Allan Myers
  • Aqua
  • Automated Financial Systems
  • Beiler-Campbell Realtors and Appraisers
  • Brandywine Hospital
  • Brandywine Operating Partnership
  • Brickhouse Environmental
  • Brite Realty Services
  • C Raymond Davis
  • Carroll Engineering
  • Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau
  • Chester Water Authority
  • Children's Hospital of PA
  • Coatesville Savings Bank
  • Coventry Environmental
  • Dansko
  • Delaware Valley Concrete
  • Devault Foods
  • DiStefano Landscaping
  • Dynamic Solar Solutions
  • ECON Partners
  • EDiS Company
  • Environmental Standards
  • EnviroSure
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • First Resource Bank
  • Flowers Foods Bakeries Group
  • Franklin Commons
  • Franklin Mint FCU
  • gBuild Construction Managers
  • Genesis Health Ventures
  • GSM Roofing
  • Hayden Real Estate Investments
  • Innovative Solutions and Support
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Jackson Cross Partners
  • JD Mushrooms
  • Kaolin Mushroom Farms, Inc.
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Manito Abstract Company
  • McMahon Associates
  • Miller Designworks
  • Misko, Inc.
  • Moody's Analytics
  • Morphotek
  • Omega Design
  • PA American Water
  • Pegasus Technologies
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
  • Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust
  • PNC Bank
  • Purispec
  • Qnectus
  • Rainer & Company
  • Rettew Associates, Inc.
  • R-V Industries
  • SEI Investments
  • Southeastern Home Health Services
  • Starfield & Smith
  • Steel Metal Workers Union
  • Stephano Slack
  • Swope Lees
  • Telcoworks/Brava Partners
  • The Brennan Collective
  • The Protection Bureau
  • The Tri-M Group
  • Traffic Planning & Design
  • Transsig
  • Transwall Office Systems
  • uFinancial
  • USSC
  • Vista.Today
  • YMWIC Foundation
Goodwill Investors
  • 44 Business Capital
  • AAUW West Chester
  • AGC Chemicals
  • A. Stevens Krug, AIA
  • Anholt Technologies
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Barley Snyder
  • BDO
  • Brite Facility Solutions
  • C &W CCIDA
  • CBRE, Inc.
  • Chester County Council, BSA
  • Chester Valley Engineers
  • Clark & Goshow
  • Cord of Three Strands
  • Country Fresh Mushrooms
  • Cythnia Murray
  • D. Fickler Construction
  • DFT, Inc.
  • Edward B Walsh & Associates
  • Executive Office Link
  • First Eastern Development Company
  • First Liberty Partners
  • French & Pickering Creek Trust
  • G. A. Vietri
  • GHD Services
  • Gunnip & Co.
  • Herr's
  • L.F. Lambert Spawn
  • Lieberman, Earley & Company
  • Loan Logistics
  • McCausland Inc.
  • Metallurgical Products
  • Mid-Atlantic Employers
  • Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc.
  • NextHome
  • Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel
  • Paoli Hospital
  • PayUSA
  • Pohlig Builders
  • Practical Energy Solutions
  • Precis Commissioning
  • Quinn Wealth Managerment, Inc.
  • Ray Ott & Associates
  • Rigg Darlington Group
  • Seidel Planning & Design, Inc.
  • Spring City Electrical
  • TD Bank
  • Villanova University
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
  • Wohlsen Construction
  • YMCA of Brandywine Valley
Gary W. Smith
President and CEO
Mike Grigalonis
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
John Buckheit, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
Marybeth DiVincenzo
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
MaryFrances McGarrity
Senior Vice President, Business Development Services
Sherwood Robbins
Managing Director, Seedcopa
Kate Baganski
Grants and Brownfields Project Consultant
Sherry Cockerham
Project Coordinator
Kathy Field
Special Projects Director
Jodi Gauker
Agriculture Project Consultant
Jim Hammond
Patrick Hayakawa
Vice President, Innovation & Emerging Technologies
Laura Heikkila
Project Consultant
Elaine Jasper
Grants Coordinator
Cheryl Korn
Project Coordinator
Jim Lauckner
Senior Project Consultant
Jack London
Senior Manager, Business and Community Development
Patrick Meese
Project and Grants Consultant
Kathleen Nader
Facilities Manager
Komeil Nasrollahi
Project Manager
Tracey Oberholtzer
Events Manager
Mary Kay Owen
Project Consultant
Dottie Pepe
Accounting Clerk
Lori Pickford
Administrative Assistant
Leslie Rylke
Marketing and Creative Services Manager
Marianne Stack
Project Manager
Janet Stretch
Grants Consultant
Patti VanCleave
Project Manager
Marrea Walker-Smith
Project Consultant
Nancy Jones
Operations Specialist
Melissa LaRosa
Operations & Credit Coordinator
Kathy McAfee
Loan Documentation and Servicing Specialist
Marcia McGavisk
Vice President, Operations and Credit Manager
Chris McHenry
Senior Portfolio and Compliance Manager
Marie Shires
Vice President and Relationship Manager
Giving Back
During 2017-2018, CCEDC staff supported our community in several ways.
Pints of blood donated
Pounds of food donations
Collected clothes and personal items for area veterans
Manned a station during United Way's Color Run
Edward J. Breiner
Waln Run Investments LLC
Vice Chair
Marian D. Moskowitz
Franklin Commons, L.P.
Craig A. Styer, Esquire
Fox Rothschild LLP
Bill Stedman
Board Member
Craig Adler
Board Member
Chris Alonzo
Pietro Industries, Inc.
Board Member
Deborah Antonini
Vanguard Group
Board Member
R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky
West Chester University
Board Member
F. William Bogle
Global Market Management
Governmental Director
Patrick Bokovitz
Department Community Development
Board Member
Audrey Brady
Board Member
Michael A. Bray
Villanova University
Ex-Officio IP Chair
Laura Bruce, Med, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Board Member
Thomas J. Burke
Adam Cathers
Wohlsen Construction
Guy Ciarrocchi, Esquire
Board Member
Marnie Conley
Longwood Gardens
Kathi Cozzone
County of Chester
Board Member
Jeff Culp
Governmental Director
Michael A. DeHaven, CPA
Rainer and Company
Board Member
Valentino DiGiorgio III, Esquire
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Diane M. Disney, Ph.D.
Penn State Brandywine
Board Member
Michael J. Duncan
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
Ex-Officio IP Chair
Phillip Eastman
PECO, an Exelon Company
Board Member
Trish Faidiga
Advantage Building & Facility Services, LLC
Terence Farrell
County of Chester
Board Member
Karen Flynn
West Pharmaceuticals Services, Inc.
Board Member
Michael J. Hankin
Hankin Group
Ex-Officio IP Chair
Michael Harrington, Esquire
Fox Rothschild LLP
Director Emeritus
Roger N. Huggins, Esquire
Lamb McErlane
Michelle Kichline
County of Chester
Governmental Director
Louis B. Kupperman, Esquire
Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP
Board Member
Lara Lamparski
Bentley Systems
Jim Lee
Board Member
Representative Harry J. Lewis, Jr.
Board Member
Vince Liuzzi
DNB First
Board Member
Adam Loew
J Loew & Associates
Board Member
Ed McAssey
Lasko Products
Board Member
Jim Manser
Endo Health Solutions
Board Member
Ed Martin
Chris Molineaux
Life Science Pennsylvania
Board Member
Keith Montone
Greg Newell
Nave Newell, Inc.
Board Member
Bob Norris
Next Home, LP
Board Member
Joseph J. O'Brien, Ed.D.
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Governmental Director
Brian N. O'Leary, AICP
Chester County Planning Commission
Board Member
Daniel G. Ostien
Colfax Corporation
Tim Phelps
W. Todd Pohlig
Pohlig Builders
Board Member
Brenna Quinn
Cerner Corporation
Director Emeritus
Jim Reading
RedGo Development
Governmental Director
Mark J. Rupsis
County of Chester
Board Member
Dan Scott
Flower Foods
Board Member
W. Patrick Scott, Esquire
MacElree Harvey
Board Member
Paul Spiegel
Practical Energy Solutions
Board Member
Dave Spinelli
ANRO, Inc.
Board Member
Matt Tevenan
Governmental Director
Joe Toner
Uwchlan Township IDA
Board Member
James E. Turner
Chester Water Authority
IP Ex-Officio
Ralf Weiser
Honorary Director
Arthur A. Bernardon, AIA
Honorary Director
Edwin A. Brownley, Jr.
PAC Strapping Products, Inc.
Honorary Director
Nancy R. Corson
Honorary Director
Robert F. Fischer, CPA
Fischer Cunnane & Associates Ltd.
Honorary Director
Conrad M. Olie
Director Emeritus
Jerome S. Parker, Ph.D.
(reitred President of DCCC, June 2017)
Honorary Director
Frank A. Piliero
Marsh Creek Corporate Services
Honorary Director
R. Stanley Schuck
Honorary Director
John C. Snyder, Esquire
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Honorary Director
Hanno Spranger
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

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Location/Site Selection

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Investor Relations

MaryFrances McGarrity

Innovation   /   Technology

Patrick Hayakawa

Workforce Development

Marybeth DiVincenzo

International Business

Michael Grigalonis
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