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Posted on: December 8, 2022

Chester County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Relaunches

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Starting Monday, December 12, Chester County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) relaunches with new eligibility guidelines to support individuals and families facing court-ordered eviction, a utility shutoff, or a need for security dep...

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

Commissioner Maxwell Graduates from County Commissioners Association of PA Academy of Excellence

Commissioner Josh Maxwell - CCAP Academy for Excellence

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) recently recognized 17 county officials as graduates of the CCAP Academy for Excellence in County Government. Included in recognitions were Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell and Chester Co...

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Michelle Gallo Named Director of Human Resources for Chester County

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline have named Michelle Gallo, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the new Director of Human Resources for the County of Chester. Gallo comes to the County from Lancaster County Government wh...

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Chester County Sheriff’s Office Partners with Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for “Lights

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Continuing a call for assistance and protection of women, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office led a winter holiday project for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC): Lights On for the Holidays. Joined by women’s servic...

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Posted on: December 1, 2022

Commissioners Appoint Jeannette Roman as Director of Chester County Workforce Development Board

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Jeannette Roman has been named Director of Chester County’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) by Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline. Roman has worked for the WDB since 2010, most recently as the Acting Director.&...

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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Present Agriculture Awards

Farmer of the Year - Jamie Hicks

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council) presented two annual agriculture awards this week.

 

“It is a joy to recognize the hard work of farmers in our community,” sai...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Jamie Johnson Appointed Director of Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

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After serving for ten years as the second in command of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Services, the Chester County Commissioners named Jamie Johnson the new Director upon the retirement of Vince Brown. Brown worked in Drug & Alcohol (D&A) f...

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Posted on: November 5, 2022

Election Day - Important Information

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As Election Day approaches, we want to provide some important notes:

  1.  If you haven’t returned your mail-in or absentee ballot, we encourage you to utilize one of our secure drop boxes instead of returning it by mail. On Election Day, all secure dr...
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Posted on: November 1, 2022

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes Newest Affiliate, Keep Chester County Beautiful

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce its newest affiliate, Keep Chester County Beautiful. At the request of the Chester County Commissioners, the affiliate will be housed in and become a program of the Chester County Planning Commission. The...

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Posted on: October 26, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Proclaim Support for Veterans During “Operation Green Light”

Operation Green Light Proclamation Presentation

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced today, the County’s recognition of “Operation Green Light” a new initiative supporting veterans introduced by the County Commissioner...

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Posted on: October 24, 2022

Chester County Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services (CCDDAS) is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29th

Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DE...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

Command and Leadership Academy to Honor Chester County’s Inaugural Graduates

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On October 21, 2022, 18 Chester County first responders take the stage in East Windsor, NJ, to receive certification from a special leadership program. Pennsylvania’s inaugural class is among the newest graduates of the NJ Stat...

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Chester County Announces Voting Telephone Town Hall Scheduled for Monday, October 17

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Chester County’s Department of Voter Services announced today that it will hold a Telephone Town Hall on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. to provide voters with the information they need to make their voice heard in this November&rsq...

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Posted on: October 10, 2022

Hundreds Turn Out for Chester County Color 5K

Start of the Color 5K

Over 700 people joined the Chester County Commissioners and the District Attorney in Exton Park on Saturday morning, October 8, to run, walk and cheer on participants of the sixth annual Chester County Color 5K.  

The event, initiated by Chester C...

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

County Highlights Key Planning Initiatives During National Community Planning Month

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October is National Community Planning Month and in recognition of this, the Chester County Commissioners will be issuing a proclamation noting the importance of local planning, especially as it relates to economic resiliency and sustainability in Chester...

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Posted on: September 30, 2022

Chester County Health Department Launches Community Health and Wellness Survey

Health and Wellness Survey

The Chester County Health Department launched its community health assessment survey this week to assess the health and well-being of those who live, work, or go to school in Chester County.

The assessment, conducted every three years, creates an important...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Chester County Drug & Alcohol Services Outlines Opioid Settlement Implementation Plan

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As the Chester County Commissioners recognize National Recovery Month throughout September, the County is also preparing to receive the first two payments in a $19.7 million 18-year opioid settlement agreement.

In anticipation of those payments, Vince Brow...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Chester County Awards American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Commissioners speaking with ARPA team members

Chester County Commissioners today approved the first round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant recipients, with Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline stressing that the ARPA grants will provide an equitable infusion of ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Chester County to Hold September 22 Job Fair for Human Services and Behavioral Health Career Opening

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The PA CareerLink-Chester County, in partnership with the Chester County Workforce Development Board, is hosting a job and career fair on Thursday, September 22, with a focus on employment with companies in human services and behavioral health.  ...

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Posted on: August 25, 2022

Chester County Goal: Online Access to Digitized Historic Documents by 2024

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In less than two years, Chester County’s most historic documents will be available online. Thanks to improved scanning equipment, Chester County’s Archives & Records Services has accelerated the process of scanning and dig...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

Chester County Ranked as Top-Ten Digital County

2022 digital counties award

Chester County Government’s continued advancement in digital technology has earned a top-ten placement among America’s 3,000-plus counties. 

 The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties...

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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Chester County to Take Part in International Overdose Awareness Day with “Night of Light”

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As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid epidemic, the County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces participation in International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. On thi...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Chester County Launches Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe Campaign

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With the outdoor activity season in full swing and as children get ready to return to school, Chester County has launched a safety awareness campaign to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe - and drivers aware. 

 The Walk. Ride. Drive. Sa...

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Posted on: August 2, 2022

Chester County Color 5K Returns October 8 with New Location in Exton Park

2022 Color Run Poster

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline and District Attorney Deb Ryan announce details of the sixth annual Chester County Color 5K run and walk, raising funds to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in the count...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Commissioners Approve Contract to Bolster Historic Tourism

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The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract with Luzerne County-based Heritage Strategies LLC to bolster historic tourism in the county.

“Our historic tourism sector of the economy was damaged by the pandemic,” said County Commis...

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Posted on: July 14, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Approve $3.4 Million Toward Affordable Housing Communities

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The Chester County Commissioners today approved $3.4 million in support of two housing developments that are affordable to households with low-to-moderate incomes. One of the developments is in Caln Township, the other in Phoenixville. 

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Chester County Prepares for New 988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline

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Beginning Saturday, July 16th, Chester County is joining with communities across the nation, introducing “988” as the direct phone connection support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress.  

 Chester C...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

ChesCo Agricultural Land Preservation Board Announces Farm Preservation Funding Opportunities

Farmland Preservation

The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications for two competitive programs funded by the Chester County Commissioners: The Commonwealth/County Program; and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program. To date, more than ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2022

Chester County Awarded National Accolade for Fresh Start Juvenile Record Expungement Program

Chester County Fresh Start Expungement Program

A Chester County Court System service that offers juveniles who have successfully completed a diversion program the option to have their record expunged when they turn 18, has garnered national acclaim.  

The National Association of Counties (NACo...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Chesco Sheriff and Chesco Libraries Announce National Human Trafficking Hotline

Human Trafficking Hotline

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) announces a collaboration with the Chester County Library System, to post details of the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in bathroom stalls of libraries across the County. The information has ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Chester County’s Focused Efforts Reducing Homelessness

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Chester County’s concerted effort to place more homeless individuals and families into permanent homes is paying off. The latest Point in Time count by the Chester County Department of Community Development shows a decrease in homelessness of 23...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Chester County Recognized Among Nation’s Healthiest Communities by U.S. News & World Report

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Chester County has been recognized as one of the 500 healthiest counties in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with CVS Health.  Chester County ranks number 92 overall, based on 10 categories that drive community health, ...

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Posted on: June 9, 2022

America250PA Chester County Commission Holds First Meeting

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The America250PA Chester County Commission made its intentions clear in its inaugural meeting on Thursday night, June 2 – that 2026 would mark more than a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It will also commemorate th...

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Posted on: June 9, 2022

Sheriff’s Office, Senior Law Center and Local Senior Centers Hold Senior Fraud Prevention Workshops

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Wednesday June 15, 2022, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—a time to focus on protecting seniors from abuse, fraud, violence, negligence and other harm that is far too common.

To help prevent senior fraud, the Chester County Sheriff&...

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Posted on: June 9, 2022

Commissioners Join HUD in Committing to Increase Affordable Housing Supply

HUD Proclamation

With 350 homes affordable for low- to moderate-income families planned or recently completed, Chester County has joined a growing number of cities and counties nationwide to sign onto the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) H...

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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Firefighters Complete Final Exercises Towards Certification

Firefighter I Training at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus - 2 copy

Nineteen students completing the latest Chester County Firefighter I Training Course conducted final firefighting exercises at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus. The exercises covered search and rescue, indoor firefighting, fire attack type...

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Posted on: June 2, 2022

County Earns National Achievement Award for Youth Center Partnership with Brandywine Valley SPCA

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The Chester County Youth Center’s partnership with Brandywine Valley SPCA’ and its “SAFE” program has garnered national acclaim.  

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized the County&rs...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

Chester County Ag Council Issues New Guide to Local Farms and Farm Products

2022 Chester County Local Farm Guide

Just in time for a summer full of exploring Chester County’s pick-your-own farms, wineries, farmers markets and more, the Chester County Agricultural Council has issued its new Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County.

The publication featu...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Commissioners Approve $3.2 million in Open Space Preservation and Park Improvement Grant Awards

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The Chester County Commissioners approved the awarding of $3.2 million in open space preservation and park improvement grants. The grants are made available through Chester County’s Preservation Partnership Program, which offers funding to munic...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Chester County Announces 2022 Town Tours & Village Walks

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For its upcoming 28th season, the 2022 Town Tours & Village Walks program offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about the “Founding Mothers and Fathers” who played a significant role in Chester County&...

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Posted on: May 20, 2022

Election Process Runs Smoothly in Chester County

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Chester County’s Department of Voter Services reports that the vote computation process from Tuesday’s primary election continues to run smoothly with all precincts accounted for and only provisional and military/overseas civilians&...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

Chester County Primary Election Information

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Chester County polls are open today (Tuesday, May 17) from 7am - 8pm for the 2022 Primary Election.  

Mail-in ballot drop boxes are open until 8pm this evening.

Find your polling place or mail-in ballot drop box locations at chesco.org/elections.

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

County Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Memory of One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

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By order of the Presidential and Governor, in memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind, the US and Commonwealth flags should be lowered immediately to half-staff until sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022.

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Posted on: May 12, 2022

New Report Shows 20-Year High in Chester County Home Construction

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A new report from the Chester County Planning Commission shows that more homes were built in the county in 2021 than in any year since 2001, and that the growth was largely driven by apartment construction. The report also said that despite soaring prices...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Chester County to Participate in “National Prevention Week” Effort

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Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces plans to support “National Prevention Week”, May 8 through 14.  

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “National Prevention Week” i...

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Posted on: April 28, 2022

Commissioners Call for Increased State Funding For ‘Crumbling’ Mental Health System

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Citing a substantial increase in the need for mental health services that was exacerbated by the pandemic, the Chester County Commissioners this week approved a resolution calling for an increase in state funding for community-based mental health programs...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties Authorize Creation of Passenger Rail Authority

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved today the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority, completing the approval last week of the Authority by the Commissioners from Berks and Montgome...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

Chester County Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day - April 30

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services (CCDDAS) is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, taking place on Saturday, April 30th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Notice: VPC and CVI Mailings not Affiliated with Chester County Board of Elections

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Based on information received from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Chester County Voter Services is notifying residents that two political advocacy groups, the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and the Center for Voter Information (CVI), will be cond...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Commissioners Recognize Earth Day With Opening of Final Phase of Schuylkill River Trail

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The Chester County Commissioners and the County’s Parks + Preservation staff marked the significance of Earth Day today with the official opening of a two-mile section of the County’s final portion of the Schuylkill River Trail. &n...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

Chester County Achieves Milestone in Preserved Open Space and Celebrates with Open Space Summit

Open Space Summit - Farms for the Future (1)

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline are pleased to announce the achievement of a significant milestone for the county:  More than 30 percent of Chester County has now been preserved as open space. &am...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Commissioners Seek Spending Proposals for $102 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds

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Chester County today began accepting applications for funding requests from a pool of nearly $102 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money. County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline said the grants are intended to p...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Robin Davis Appointed Chester County Director of Procurement

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The important job of ensuring Chester County buys its goods, supplies, and services on time and at the most competitive price will now be overseen by Robin Davis. The Chester County Commissioners have promoted the Kennett Square resident to Director of Pr...

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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Erik Walschburger Appointed Chester County Deputy County Administrator

Erik Walschburger

Following a months-long search for the ideal candidate, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have appointed Erik Walschburger as Deputy County Administrator. He will support County Administrator Bobby Kagel in ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Commissioners Adopt County’s First Ag Economic Development Strategic Plan

National Agriculture Day Proclamation

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline voted this week to adopt the county’s first agriculture economic development strategic plan, created to guide the future growth of Chester County’s impor...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

C-PACE Accepting Applications for Commercial Property Clean Energy Projects in Chester County

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The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program is active in Chester County and accepting applications for clean energy projects. 

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved C-PACE to ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Rachael Griffith Appointed Chester County Sustainability Director

Rachael Griffith - Chester County Sustainability Director

Chester County has a new person at the helm of managing the County’s Climate Action Plan, Rachael Griffith, who moves up from her role as Senior Trails and Open Space Planner at the Chester County Planning Commission.

In her new post, Griffith wi...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Call for Quick Action to Quell Election Uncertainty in Pennsylvania

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With Pennsylvania’s primary election scheduled for May 17, Chester County’s Commissioners are joining their peers across the state in calling for clarity on crucial election issues that remain unresolved.  

The Pennsylvania Sup...

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Posted on: March 5, 2022

Chester County Divesting Russian Holdings in Pension Fund in Support of the People of Ukraine

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Reflecting on the overwhelming support for the people of Ukraine, Chester County officials today confirmed that all Russian investments held in the County’s pension fund are being pulled.   

The money being withdrawn comes from ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Chester County to Consider Formation of Passenger Rail Authority with Berks & Montgomery Counties

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Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have taken the next step toward restoring passenger rail between Reading and Philadelphia in a joint effort with Berks and Montgomery Counties. This morning the Commissioner...

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Posted on: March 2, 2022

Chester County Issues Plea for Rental Property Owners to Open Their Doors to Victims of Ida

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Chester County is again urgently asking property owners with homes for rent to open their doors to the 38 people from 17 households who are still living in a hotel six months after their homes were destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Many of the f...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Dolores Colligan Appointed Director of Chester County Department of Community Development

Dolores Colligan, Director of Community Development

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline have appointed Dolores Colligan as Director of the County’s Department of Community Development.  Colligan, a 32-year veteran of County government service...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Chester County Receives National Honor for Performance Management Leadership

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Chester County Government has once again been recognized nationally for its leadership in performance management.  The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently bestowed a 2021 Certificate of Achievement to the County, noti...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Government and Community Come Together to Work on Best Use of American Recovery Plan Act Funding

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A committee of volunteers has begun work to create a system that prioritizes, requests, and reviews proposals for Chester County’s share of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The committee will recommend how to spend $102 million to aid co...

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Posted on: February 9, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Award $225K Grant to Phoenixville Area Senior Center

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The Phoenixville Area Senior Center’s plans to resume indoor activities in the spring with a healthier environment received a big assist this week from Chester County government. The County Commissioners presented the center with a check for $22...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Chester County Library Welcomes New Director

Mary Gazdik - New Chester County Library Director

Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch has announced Mary Gazdik as its next library director. She will succeed Marguerite Dube, who retired at the end of April after 20 years with the organization.

Gazdik’s understanding of a library...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Commissioners Award $294K Grant to Phoenixville Area Community Services

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Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) has received a major financial boost toward equipping its recently acquired building to become a food distribution hub. The Chester County Commissioners presented the nonprofit with a $294,000 grant toward incre...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Chester County Commissioners Launch America250 Celebration Planning

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The Chester County Commissioners took the first step today toward planning the county’s celebration of the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026. The first order of business: the establishment of the America250PA Chester County Commission.

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Chester County Health Department Announces Addition of COVID-19 Test Sites

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Officials with the Chester County Health Department announce latest testing and vaccination services to help the county’s efforts to control COVID-19.

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The Chester County Health Department has finalized two additional locations for COVID-19 ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Blue Light Shines on Chester County Courthouse for Human Trafficking Prevention

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One of the six pillars of Chester County’s Historic Courthouse will shine in blue light on January nights beginning the evening of January 11, 2022—National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The single lighted pillar represents an estimated one in six chil...

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