Chester County wants to keep its growing economy strong, but the county will have to pay for it.
Chester County Council needs a new economic development director as Karlisa Parker Dean plans to retire at year’s end. Dean has overseen considerable growth in Chester County, particularly in manufacturing. Employers like Giti Tire pumped jobs and investment dollars into the largely rural county, along its Interstate 77 corridor.
“She is the quarterback of economic development,” said Shane Stuart, a county supervisor. “And she’s done very, very well over the years.”
So well, replacing Parker Dean is difficult, Stuart said.