We all know West Chester has an adorable and vibrant downtown that has managed to keep the historic charm and at the same time add new development. Now it is getting a bit more recognition for its revitalization efforts.

The Chester County borough was nominated this week as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Great American Main Street Award.

The nominating organization, Main Street America, supports revitalization of downtowns and commercial districts across the country by promoting preservation-based economic development.
Rounding out the group of 10 finalists are Berlin, Md.; Cedear Rapids, Iowa; Chillicothe, Mo.; Columbus, Ga.; Covington, Ky., Goldsboro, N.C.; Los Alamos, N.M., New Orleans, La.; and Wausau, Wis.
The group says the semi-finalists have collectively generated almost $1 billion dollars in public and private reinvestment, and created 5,679 new jobs, opened 1,085 new businesses, rehabbed 1,359 buildings and clocked over 133,000 volunteer hours.

The finalist will be announced at the 2017 Main Street Now Conference held in Pittsburgh on May 1-3.