CHESTER — The Chester County Council on Thursday approved several agreements aimed at bringing a new company to the county.
The council did not release the name of the company or where it is locating. The ordinance passed Thursday only refers to “Project 1233.”
The company requested that release of the information be delayed until an official announcement is made by the state Department of Commerce, said Karlisa Parker, the economic development director for Chester County. Parker said she hopes the state releases the information next week.
County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey said he was prepared to release the company name on council passage of a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement, but on the advice of an attorney did not.
Roddey said the request came from the state Department of Commerce and the governor’s office.
Amy Love, director of marketing and communications for the state Department of Commerce, said in an email: “Commerce reserves comment on projects we may or may not be involved with. When a company is ready to announce and the state has been involved, you will hear from us.”
According to the state Freedom of Information Act, business recruitment records are exempt from disclosure until a project is announced or an incentive agreement is finalized, “whichever occurs later.”
Parker declined to release any specifics of the deal, saying only that it has been in the works for more than a year.
The ordinance passed by the council at a special meeting Thursday authorized a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement which typically reduces the property tax burden for companies, an infrastructure finance agreement between the company and the county, and the inclusion of “certain real property located in Chester County in the York-Chester Industrial Park.”
The York-Chester Industrial Park is not a physical location but an economic development tool that allows companies to qualify for more credits from the state. The multijurisdictional industrial park also allows county governments to further reduce fees on personal and real property beyond the fee-in-lieu agreement.
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