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; their continued investment in us is proof. Learn more about how IAED supports businesses, the economy, and communities of Tompkins County.

New Name.
Same Mission.

Our new name, Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED), strengthens our ability to support business creation and expansion in Ithaca and Tompkins County. IAED’s experienced staff and dedicated board greet every challenge as an opportunity to provide the customized solutions for which we’re known. If it involves building a thriving and sustainable economy, IAED is on it.

Ithaca is ripe for business.

Ithaca and Tompkins County have abundant resources: a conducive climate, intellectual capital, and a talented workforce. Whether you’re considering starting a business here or want to grow your established company, we’ve got what you need to succeed.

Welkom! to the Farm

Dutch Harvest Farm is a custom-built luxury event venue along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Named in the spirit of their heritage, it is family-owned and operated and can accommodate more guests than any other private space in the area. Not surprisingly, IAED provided financing to make that dream possible. Whether for a wedding or corporate function, it’s worth seeing what life is like down on the farm.

All are welcome here.

A diversity of people and opinions, public spaces, and a packed calendar of events make Ithaca and Tompkins County a vibrant and varied community. We’re a whole lot more than just a great place to live and work, though. We’re an even better place to be uniquely you.


A transformative project in Ithaca’s burgeoning West End, Arthaus offers 124 units of affordable housing, an on-site art gallery, and so much more! Stay tuned for an opening soon! 

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

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.

Live at the nexus of work and play

It’s just as gorges
as they say it is.

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

Do Business 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.



Feet Above Sea Level

Let us help

We empower economic and community vitality.

Our simple yet refined tools for success: Leadership. Experience. Dedication.
Let us work for you.

Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) delivers tax incentives to support job growth, business development, and community revitalization.

Tompkins County Development Corporation

The Tompkins County Development Corporation (TCDC) is a conduit to the tax-exempt bond market and low-cost financing.

IAED Loan Fund Program

The IAED loan fund helps entrepreneurs start new enterprises and expand existing businesses.


IAED coordinates critical initiatives, including the Economic Development Strategy 2.0, the 2020 Water and Sewer Update, broadband access, and the Tourism Capital Grants program.

Economic Development Leadership

IAED collaborates with local and regional partners to promote economic prosperity, whether it’s an economic recovery strategy, advanced manufacturing training program, assistive technologies accelerator, or so much more.

"IAED’s loan fund provided critical funding to rapidly accelerate the growth of our start up company... We couldn’t have done it without IAED’s support and ongoing commitment to our company’s success.”

Nick Nickitas, Founder & CEO, Rosie

"Getting Ithaca Beer started, I received great support from IAED. Without their help, I may not have gotten the support of other financial entities critical to getting my company off the ground.”

Dan Mitchell, Founder, Ithaca Beer Company

The IDA delivered meaningful incentives which were instrumental in making GreenStar’s expansion project a reality.”

Brandon Kane, General Manager, GreenStar Food Co-Op

"The support of the TCIDA and the IAED revolving loan fund helped provide the means to afford the new building and the necessary equipment to bring all production in-house, and increase output to meet demand. IAED was an incredible partner during our expansion journey and we are so appreciative of their support and assistance that allowed us to remain a part of this incredible community."

Ian Gaffney, Co-Founder, Emmy’s Organics

Economic News

October Economic Newsletter

October Economic Newsletter

Check out the latest of what’s happening at Ithaca Area Economic Development in our October 2021 Newsletter. Stay up to date on all of our...

September Economic Newsletter

September Economic Newsletter

Check out the latest of what’s happening at Ithaca Area Economic Development in our September 2021 Newsletter. Stay up to date on all of...

Ithaca Arthaus Opening Soon!

Ithaca Arthaus Opening Soon!

A transformative project in Ithaca’s West End, Arthaus offers 124 units of affordable housing, an on-site art gallery, and more ITHACA,...

IAED Invests in Dimensional Energy

IAED Invests in Dimensional Energy

IAED’s loan fund supported local startup, Dimensional Energy, in furthering the development of their carbon dioxide reduction innovation...

Our Supporters

Thank you to our
Platinum Investors

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

Ready for what’s next?

Contact IAED

What does your business need? We’ll help answer your questions, connect you to resources, and support your business as it starts, grows, and evolves.