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

Direct 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.

Planning & Strategy

IAED develops and engages community partners to implement the Tompkins County Economic Development Strategy 2.0 and COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. And we’re just as integral on other important projects with local, regional, and state partners.


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

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Dr. Greg Galvin, Chair

Chairman/CEO, Rheonix

Cathy Hart, Vice Chair

General Manager, Ithaca Marriott

Jeff Gorsky, Treasurer

Partner, Sciarabba Walker & Co.

Joel Malina, Secretary

VP University Relations, Cornell University

Greg Hartz

President & CEO, Tompkins Community Bank

Lisa Holmes*

Administrator, Tompkins County

Laura Lewis

Acting Mayor, City of Ithaca

Chris Malcolm

Manager, Wegmans


Johanna Anderson

Executive Director, INHS

Rosemary Avila*

Executive Director, Workforce Development Board

Julie Baker

Co-Founder/VP Operations, Ursa Space Systems

Illa Burbank

COO, iFyber

Larry Baum

Past Chair

Shawna Black

Legislator, Tompkins County

Katie Borgella*

Commissioner of Planning, Tompkins County Planning Dept.

John Collett

VP/CFO, Cayuga Medical Center

Sophia Darling

VP/CFO, Boyce Thompson Institute

Tim Downs

VP Finance and Administration/CFO, Ithaca College

Jerry Goodenough

VP Development, Heorot Power

Tom Knipe*

Deputy Director of Economic Development, City of Ithaca

Anne Koreman

Legislator, Tompkins County

Ed Lavigne

Supervisor, Town of Lansing

Laurie Linn

Advisor, Brandmint

Dr. Jeff Matteson

District Superintendent, TST BOCES

Deb Mohlenhoff

Director Community Outreach & Engagement, TC3

Brian Noteboom

Local 277 Representative, NASRCC

Tom Robinson

Plant Manager, Borg Warner Morse TEC

Tom Schryver*

Executive Director New Market Advancement, Cornell University

Jennifer Tavares*

President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Jeremy Thomas*

Senior Director, Cornell University Real Estate

Shawn Wilczynski

Mine Manager, Cargill, Inc.

*Ex-officio, non-voting

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.