Chester County Commissioners Approve Contract to Bolster Historic Tourism
Posted August 3, 2022
The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract to bolster historic tourism in Chester County. The contract is with Luzerne County-based Heritage Strategies LLC, and will help to rebuild the tourism lost due to the pandemic, especially as the county prepares for the celebration of the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026.
Work on the plan will begin immediately and is estimated to take about 18 months to complete. The Chester County Planning Commission, Chester County History Center, Chester County Heritage Task Force, Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, and America250 PA Chester County Commission have partnered with Heritage Strategies to lead a multi-faceted effort that includes:
- Improved interpretation of existing sites of historic and cultural resources of sites of tremendous significance;
- Creation of new techniques to tell the county's full story;
- Better defined routing to increase connectivity to these resources; and
- Marketing strategies to target audiences that increases the number of visitors.
The Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority is providing the funding as part of the County's VISTA2025 economic development strategy, a public-private partnership. The premise of VISTA 2025 is that progress and preservation are complementary elements that support economic health while maintaining the "sense of place" that makes Chester County so attractive to residents and businesses.