Federal Agencies Tour Coatesville Qualified Opportunity Zones and Participate in Roundtable to Maximize Redevelopment and Social Impact

Fed Agency RoundtableRepresentatives from 14 participating federal agencies participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the City of Coatesville this week to maximize collaboration and support of the City’s Qualified Opportunity Zones.

COATESVILLE, PA — More than 30 representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, including White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Executive Director Scott Turner, visited the City of Coatesville in Chester County yesterday for the first Qualified Opportunity Zone Federal Agency Roundtable in the region.

The roundtable explored best practices and communicated assurances that redevelopment resulting from QOZ projects will benefit the community and foster a collaborative partnership with all stakeholders. Discussions highlighted emerging commercial projects happening in Coatesville’s Opportunity Zone, including streetscape improvements, infrastructure and parking, Amtrak/PennDOT train station, Coatesville Gateway, the Flats, The nth Innovation Center, park improvements and homeownership initiatives. More information on major projects is summarized here.

Eric Canfield and Susan Springsteen nth Solutions with Scott Turner
Scott Turner (right), White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Executive Director, tours 190 West Lincoln Highway in Coatesville, which will house H2O Connected (the first Qualified Opportunity Zone business in Chester County), as well as nth Solutions and The nth Innovation Center. Also pictured are Eric Canfield, President, nth Solutions and Susan Springsteen, President, H2O Connected.

“Today represented a call to action for a collaborative and multifaceted approach to redevelopment that will help turn the tide in Coatesville,” said Scott Turner, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Executive Director. “President Trump and his administration have made it an absolute priority to lift up our forgotten communities and provide opportunities for economic success for all Americans. Our discussions here are a reflection of those continued efforts.”Turner invited representatives from each of the fourteen participating federal agencies to discuss their programs specific to Coatesville’s endeavors.

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Following the roundtable discussion, H2O Connected President Susan Springsteen led a tour of 190 West Lincoln Highway. This former Lukens Steel advertising and marketing office building (built in 1902) is being repurposed into The nth Innovation Center, the future home of product development company nth Solutions, H2O Connected (which is the first Qualified Opportunity Zone business in Chester County), and several early-stage companies looking to locate in a like-minded incubation environment. Plans include a second expansion facility to house an engineering lab and manufacturing facility for STEM applications.

“This is a welcome opportunity for Coatesville and community residents,” says Coatesville Assistant City Manager James Logan. “We have multiple projects lining up that will create a new economic shift—one that residents have been waiting more than 20 years to see.”

“With the understanding that the race isn’t given to the swift and we’ve endured several setbacks for some time, it’s a blessing to now have the opportunity zone to help us across the finish line,” says Linda Lavender-Norris, Coatesville City Council President.

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“We’re at that tipping point in the City’s economic recovery where we’re fielding more calls than we’re making,” says Sonia Huntzinger, Executive Director of 2nd Century Alliance, “and the QOZ is much of the reason for a renewed interest in Coatesville. It will mean new housing initiatives for first-time home buyers, transportation options for commuters, and jobs from new development. While it won’t happen overnight, our collective vision is to create an economic landscape that is balanced for both business owners and residents who live and work in the City.”

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