About IAED

Who is Ithaca Area
Economic Development?

Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED) is a private non-profit economic development organization serving Ithaca and Tompkins County. We are New York State’s first and only Accredited Economic Development Organization, one of just 70 across North America.

Since 1964, IAED has maintained a singleness of purpose: create a supportive business climate that attracts, grows, and retains companies that provide quality employment. To that end, IAED provides customized economic development solutions to help you grow and prosper. It’s who we are and what we do.

Through forward-thinking, strategic partnerships with businesses, government, academic institutions, and area non-profits, we’re your one-stop shop for success. Check out this website and some of the amazing things we’re doing. Then get in touch and let’s get creative together!


Our Services

Business Services

IAED provides customized resources that fit the needs of businesses at every stage of growth and development. From start-ups to stalwarts, IAED promotes economic vitality through financial support, workforce services, assistive technologies, and so much more.

Economic Strategy

IAED is instrumental in shaping Tompkins County’s Comprehensive Plan, Economic Development Strategy 2.0, and Recovery Strategy. And we’re just as integral when working with local, regional, and state partners to make it all happen.


IAED president, Heather McDaniel, serves on the boards of the Internal Economic Development Council, NYS Economic Development Council, and Tompkins County Air Services Board. Her staff follow suit, sharing their expertise at all levels of governance.

        Programs & Initiatives

Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency

The TCIDA delivers tax incentives to support job growth, business development, and community revitalization.

Tompkins County
Development Corporation

The TCDC is a conduit to the tax-exempt bond market and low-cost financing.


IAED coordinates key initiatives, including the 2020 Water & Sewer Evaluation UpdateTourism Capital Grants, broadband infrastructure, and more.

IAED Loan Fund

The IAED Loan Fund helps entrepreneurs start new enterprises and expand existing businesses.

Our Team

IAED is dedicated to helping businesses start, grow, and stay in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Our team brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience to support a healthy and prosperous local economy.

Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel


Chuck Schwerin

Chuck Schwerin

Managing Director of Business Services

Danielle Szabo

Danielle Szabo

Director of Workforce Innovation

Kurt Anderson

Kurt Anderson

Director of Development, Operations, and Strategy

 Ina Arthur

Ina Arthur

Manager of Administrative Services

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.