Report on Chester County's Economy
This report provides background data about the local economy that can be used to guide economic recovery planning for impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the data is from 2018 and 2019 and predates the pandemic but provides useful information about the structure of the county's economy. Overall, Chester County has a strong and diverse economy, with particular strength in management of companies, finance, professional and technical services, and agriculture. View Report
The county has an economic development strategy outlined in VISTA2025, which was developed by a public-private partnership. This strategy recognizes the county's high quality of place as a defining characteristic. Driving principles for VISTA2025 include: sustainability that balances progress and preservation; inclusiveness that recognizes every person is an asset; and diversification that seeks to maintain the county's employment base that is spread across multiple sectors.
The county's economic development strategy, VISTA2025, is being implemented through five goal teams. The five goals address quality of place, talent attraction, business expansion, innovation, and infrastructure support. The Planning Commission works on the implementation of a number of these goals by partnering with the Chester County Economic Development Corporation and other stakeholders. Our Commercial Landscapes efforts addresses recommendations for the quality of place and infrastructure goals.