Staff

Christopher Basler

Director of Capital Projects and Planning

Chris is the newest staff member to join the King of Prussia District (KOP-BID). As Director of Capital Projects and Planning, Chris is responsible for implementing existing physical improvement projects and transportation initiatives for KOP-BID while working to develop new programs and initiatives to move King of Prussia forward.

Employed in the Community Development Department at Cambridge, Massachusetts for over a decade, Chris coordinated several capital improvement projects for commercial property owners in addition to assisting entrepreneurs with regulatory process and business associations with developing special events. He has tracked large scale commercial and residential projects in the city, along with conducting a public process to develop a municipal ordinance impacting the built environment.

Chris has worked in the Economic Development field for over 20 years with positions at the Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University, at Murphysboro Main Street, Inc. as Program Manager and at the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce. While in this southern Illinois community he developed and implemented downtown revitalization initiatives and streetscape design plans.

Chris’ commitment to community spirit was instilled in him early in life growing up in the family feed store in Cobden, Illinois. Here he learned the basics of retail and sustainability from the customers, family and friends in this hometown, similar to so many throughout America. Raised a landlubber, Chris soon gained a passion for exploring harbors, rivers and bays in wooden boats with the Hull Lifesaving Museum and joined the Board of Directors of this nonprofit institution that teaches maritime and life skills to at-risk youth.

Outside of the knowledge gained from colleagues, family and friends, Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and graduate work in the School of Public Administration at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and studio programs at the Boston Architectural Center.

Chris and his wonderful wife, Tracey, look forward to the new adventures and initiatives in King of Prussia and eastern Pennsylvania.