"If you have a university in your community, the first question you should be asking when a problem surfaces is, 
I wonder how our university can help us."
— Michael G. Gartner, Keynote Speaker, International Town and Gown Association's Annual Conference

In 2013, West Chester University announced its plan for the next decade in a document entitled, "Building on Excellence," to strengthen campus understanding of the meaning and value of external engagement and its impact on student learning and academic excellence. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a community-university partnership and has been created to formally expand upon the positive impact the university has already had in the community. These collaborations will extend the University's impact within its home region, attract new resources to advance learning and community well-being, and focus on the pursuit of the public good.

Our mission is:

  • To facilitate university and community connections as a single point of contact
  • To connect campus resources with community needs
  • To promote the professional expertise of our faculty and staff to external clients as requested across a range of business areas and topics
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their problem solving skills while enhancing their educational experience

The specific objectives that follow from our mission are:

  • To promote the university's faculty, staff, and student capabilities to the community-at-large
  • To establish an Advisory Board of local community partners to guide the Center's growth
  • To match faculty and students with community needs based upon appropriate vetting of requests from CCS staff and Steering Committee

Our clients include:

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Municipal governments

We provide these services by:

Examples of services provided are:

  • Community health initiatives
  • Consultation
  • Economic development and impact studies
  • GIS services
  • Marketing
  • Small course design services
  • Social Media Services
  • Strategic planning and development
  • Surveys
  • Transportation solutions
  • Translation services
  • Web site development

Community Engagements

  • 2nd Century Alliance of Coatesville 
    ABC Early Learning Center 
    ACT in Faith 
    Action Potential 
    Align Fitness 
    American Helicopter Museum 
    Ancient Wisdom LLC
    Auble Financial 
    Balanced Natural Skin Apothecary
    Baroni Estate Planning and Elder Law 
    Biotelemetry, Inc. 
    Birthday Boy Parties 
    Black Women of Chester County in Action 

    Borough of West Chester
    Brandywine Ingredients
    Brandywine Valley SPCA
    Bridge of Hope 
    Caln Township 
    Carrie Casin's Dog Grooming 
    Cedarville Engineering Group 
    Chester County 2020 
    Chester County ACEs Coalition 
    Chester County Association for the Blind 
    Chester County Balloon Festival 
    Chester County Community Collaborative 
    Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

  • Chester County Community Collaborative
    Chester County Consortium of Managers 
    Chester County Department of Community Development 
    Chester County Department of Aging Services 
    Chester County Department of Emergency Services 
    Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services 
    Chester County Hospital 
    Chester County Health Department 
    Chester County Historical Society 
    Chester County Immunization Coalition 
    Chester County Infant and Toddler Program
    City of Coatesville 
    Chester County School Nurses Association 

    Chester County Juvenile Probation Department 
    Chester County Sports Hall of Fame 
    Chester County Township Managers 
    Clinical Hypnosis for Wellness 
    Coatesville Community Education Foundation 
    Community Warehouse Project
    Compendium Boutique 
    Creative Healing Arts, LLC
    Delco Property Investors
    Daemion Counseling Center 
    Delicate Designs by Amanda
    Design Life for Kids
    Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts
    Discovery by You
    Diplomat Closet Design Company
    Distat Company

  • Downingtown Area School District
    Downingtown Area Senior Center 
    Dynamic Home Therapy
    East Bradford Township
    East Fallowfield Township
    EcoBuilt Efficient Building
    Entourage Music
    Everhart Park
    Family & Community Partnership of Chester County
    Franklin Institute
    Freire Charter School
    Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children
    Friends of Carolyn Comitta
    Friends of Chester Valley Trails

    Friends of Everhart Park
    God Bodies Fitness Center
    Go Green Cleaning Experts, LLC
    Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
    Growth Dynamics
    Hagley Museum and Library
    Home of the Sparrow
    Horsepower for Life
    iSwich Gourmet
    KALY Clothing
    Kennett Area Park Authority
    Kennett Township
    Kinetic Physical Therapy
    Knauer Performing Arts

  • Kovarvic LLC
    Krapf Bus Companies
    Life Long Learning Program
    Little Miss Moffitt
    Local Yoga Cafe
    Localized App
    Lower Merion Township
    Main Line Health
    March Forward Consulting
    Mascot History Project
    Matt Trago, Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate
    McDonald Conceptual Design Services
    Meet Hook
    Melton Arts & Education Center

    Middletown Free Library Campaign
    My West Chester
    Mother Compost
    Natural Lands
    Omega Design
    Overbrook High School
    Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
    Pennsylvania Department of Health
    Philadelphia Department of Public Health
    Pipeline Safety Coalition
    Play Arts
    Pop in Kids Club
    Renew Laser & Aesthetic Medicine
    Restart Your Life/Renew Your Mind
    Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
    Rize Pizza
    Robyn Jewitt Home

  • Rustin High School
    Schmata Productions and Community Youth Theater
    School Nurses Association
    Schuylkill Highlands Conservation
    SCORE - Chester and Delaware County
    Sierra Club
    SOS Group, Inc.
    Spectrum Financial Group
    Spire Broadcast Talent
    St. Maximilian Kolbe School
    The Francis Group
    Therapeutic Articulations
    Tasty Table Catering

    The Knight School
    The League of Women Voters of Chester County PA
    The Main Line Chamber of Commerce
    Think 3 Marketing
    Transportation Management Association of Chester County
    Uncommon Individual Foundation
    United Methodist Church of West Chester
    UPTOWN! Entertainment Alliance
    UPTOWN! Knauer Peforming Arts Center
    VISTA Today
    Vitali Workshops & Coaching
    WCU Diabetes Prevention Program
    WCU Economics & Finance Department, Center for Rural PA Grant
    West Bradford Township

  • West Chester Area School District
    West Chester Business Improvement District
    West Chester Business Innovation Board
    West Chester Borough Planning Commission
    West Chester Borough Police Department
    West Chester Community Good Neighbors
    West Chester Dance Works
    West Chester Film Festival
    West Chester Fire Department
    West Chester Food Co-op
    West Chester Food Cupboard
    West Chester Free Ride
    West Chester Green Team
    West Chester Historic Commission

    West Chester Mayor's Office
    West Chester Rotary Club
    West Chester Sports Association
    West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club
    West Chester Sustainability Committee
    West Chester University Women's Commission
    West Vincent Township
    West Whiteland Township
    Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Westtown Township
    Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club
    Women's Self Care Program
    YMWIC Foundation, Inc.

Student Highlight


Emily is a freshman at West Chester University.  She is a Marketing major and considering double majoring in Geography in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) track.  She served the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) in doing GIS mapping toward identifying current vacant properties and properties that are for lease or sale; she also worked to generate infographics highlighting the demographics and amenities that the BID businesses and greater West Chester area offer.  Emily is truly passionate about the work that she does to benefit her community and help promote businesses. 

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