West Chester Community Information

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

West Chester's economy comprises a dynamic mix of the manufacturing, information technology and telecommunication sectors. West Chester?s major employers include the Lakota School District, Pierre Frozen Foods, Lenscrafters, Ikea. The Cincinnati area is home to nine Fortune 500 company headquarters, making it one of the Top 10 markets for number of Fortune 500 headquarters per million residents. Those companies include American Financial Group, Ashland Inc., Fifth Third Bancorp, General Cable, The Kroger Co., Macy's Inc., Omnicare, Procter & Gamber Co., Western & Southern Financial.

EDUCATION

The Lakota School District serves West Chester students. Lakota is a Native American word meaning ?unity? and district schools unite to provide quality education for more than 18,000 students. The teacher-student ratio is favorable and a high percentage of high school graduates attend college. The Lakota School District has received a perfect score and a rating of ?Excellent? on the Ohio Department of Education report card every year for ten years and with Distinction four years in a row.

HISTORY

West Chester Township lies within an oval area geographically known as the "Cincinnati Arch." It is one of the best areas on the continent for collecting fossils as the entire region was once at the bottom of an ocean. The surrounding county of Butler is famous for the number of archeological artifacts and Native American mounds discovered within its boundaries. The first wave of immigrants to arrive in West Chester were German, Irish and English, but most of the pioneers who permanently settled in the area were farmers attracted by the area's beautiful setting and fertile land.

Growth in West Chester was initially slow, as the only roads available were primitive trails and transportation meant walking or horseback riding. When I-75 was constructed in the 1950s, approximately seven miles of highway bisected the community, causing significant growth in both population and industry. Today, West Chester has emerged as a corridor for office and technology-based businesses within a thriving light industrial and distribution market. As the economy has developed, the once rural area has grown into an ideal suburban community.