“Chester County 2020 helps create livable communities by bringing people together to find common ground and then working to transform dialogue into action.”
Chester County 2020 (CC2020) is a non-profit change agent working to connect and educate the county’s resident and business and political leaders. CC2020 engages stakeholders in cooperative efforts to address common issues; dispel misguided rumors that develop in any community discussion; and produce measurable action on issues that affect the county’s quality of life.
Chester County 2020 is a trusted non-partisan, community-sensitive organization. We convene, educate and serve diverse constituencies. A gratifying outcome is enhanced communication and cooperation among organizations and individuals of wide-ranging attitudes and expertise. Direct involvement with natural resource protection and farmland preservation continues as CC2020 responds to issues involving the dynamics of an increasing population.
Since the year 2000, more than 50,000 new residents have moved to Chester County. Such an increase in population translates into challenges for livable communities and resource protection. If there is to be less sprawl in the cornfields and less degradation to critical natural resources, especially the watersheds, the urban centers must become more livable. Density proposals in areas where infrastructure exists need to become less contentious. Allied concerns involve the serious shortage of affordable homes; improved, accessible public transportation; safer and less congested roadways, and fostering a sense of community.
Our programs for conservation, education, and community invite your participation and need your support.
Board of Directors – 2016
John B. Hannum, Jr., Esq. ,Chairman
George Asimos, Esq., President
Judy DiFilippo, Treasurer
William J. Stevens III, Executive Director
emeritus: Nancy Mohr; Burton Rothenberger, Ph.D.; Henry F. Thorne
Activity Highlights Timeline
2016 – Banner attendance for the Master Planner Zoning and SALDO Courses – the Citizen Planner Reception honors Bob Hankin of the Hankin Group and Molly Morrison of Natural Lands Trust – July 21 Breakfast explores the needs and priorities of the ‘Millennial’ generation: see the Report on our ‘Reports’ page – an early Fall Breakfast looks at the role entrepreneurs can play in revitalization – CC2020 lends a hand for linking trails and promoting the County’s historic assets.
2015 – New 2020 Program Element: the Citizen Planner Breakfasts, a chance for stakeholders to interact with the experts. Three Breakfasts around: Regional Transit; the Revitalization of the Wawa Train Station; and overhaul of the Great Valley Corporate Center; plus TWO breakfasts on Regional Comprehensive Planning. The Citizen Planner honors go to Marty Shane and Terry Woodman. Keep Farming First OABEST event attendance: over 2,000!!
2014 – Keep Farming First tackles water quality; Community Conversations convene stakeholders around School Safety; the OABEST event attendance breaks 1,000 guests; record MPP attendance; the Citizen Planner reception honors James Gerlach and George Fasic.
2013 – 2nd year of 2 MPP cycles; Keep Farming First features Ag Career Panels; 2011-2012 Conversations for the Chester County Food Bank and Ag Education culminate in the first OABEST Ag Expo; Betty Moran is tapped for Citizen Planer Honors; CC2020 / WCUPA Geography & Planning accredited internship program.
2012 – MPP runs 2 cycles per year; Keep Farming First moves to the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Downingtown; Community Conversation around the Crisis in Agriculture Education; the first Citizen Planner event honors Commonwealth General Counsel Stephen Aichele.
2011 – Keep Farming First becomes a year ’round program; Tredyffrin Twp. hosts expanded MPP; Community Conversation for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and the United Way of Southern Chester County; Community Conversation for the Chester County Food Bank
2010 – Let’s Talk released; new opportunities for volunteers; Let’s Talk gets a new role as a program planning tool; Water Legacy program begins
2009 – Water Legacy program developed; 1st School District Conversation; 1st Business Community Conversation
2008 – CC2020 becomes an independent non-profit; relocates to Kennett Square; Countywide Water Conversation
2007 – 2nd Countywide Housing Conversation
2006 – 1st Multi-municipal Conversation for Boroughs
2005 – 1st Countywide Transportation Conversation
2004 – 1st Countywide Housing Conversation; Master Planner Program begun
2003 – 1st annual Keep Farming First
2002 – Chester County Countryside Exchanges begin Conversation program; Chester County Ag Study released w/CCEDC
2001 – Kennett, Downingtown, & Phoenixville Charettes
2000 – 1st CC2020 NEWS – ‘New Life for Phoenixville Brownfields’
1999 – CC2020 State of the County summit. Keynote: Gov Tom Ridge
1998 – Survey of affordable housing for Chester County
1997 – CC2020 begins formal operations at CCCF offices
1996 – CC2020 designed as affiliated fund of Chester County Community Foundation (CCCF)