Our accomplishments are powered by the support of investors like YOU!

Your support can help realize the vision for a diverse and inclusive economy with innovative businesses, entrepreneurs, and partnerships that foster employment pathways and promote economic prosperity for all.

The Ithaca of tomorrow
is being built today.

The economy in Ithaca and Tompkins County is thriving, our unemployment rate is low, and our population is growing. People want to live and work here. Find out how IAED helps local businesses make that happen.

Now That's the Spirit.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit.

In Ithaca, innovative ideas and aggregated resources combine to create a dynamic entrepreneurial environment. IAED helps the myriad startups and spinoffs harness their energy and then realize their full economic potential.

It's Just As Gorges
As They Say It Is.

A vibrant economy and active community collide here with tremendous force, just like the geology that shaped the area and provides some stunning backdrops. What’s not to love? Come see for yourself.

New Name.
Same Mission.

Our new name, Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED), better reflects what we do: provide customized solutions to build a thriving and sustainable economy in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

There’s no better place to build a business than
right here, right now.

1. Academic Resources

Top talent and groundbreaking research right in our backyard

2. Economic Stability

Our area outperforms state and federal averages

3. Location

Only a stone’s throw to major metros

From Here to Everywhere

Centrally-located in the heart of the Northeast.

Whether by plane, train, or automobile, we’re just a short hop to most major metros. We’re nestled in nature but nearer than you think to the hustle and bustle of the big city. Pick one, you can get there from here.

Build Here


IAED provides incentives to feed your project and passion.

Connect Here

Business Resources

IAED is the cog, coordinating business assistance across our service area.

Thrive Here


IAED ensures the Tompkins County economy stays great and growing.

Our Supporters

Thank you to our
Platinum Investors

Our investors believe in IAED. Their support allows us to provide consistent economic development leadership that helps our businesses, community, and economy prosper.
We’re successful because of them.