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,

Danielle Szabo,
Director of Workforce Innovation

Kurt Anderson,
Director of Development, Operations, and Strategy

Kellea Bauda,
Director of Business Services

Ina Arthur,
Manager of Administrative Services

Mary Holland-Bavis,
Workforce Program Manager

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Cathy Hart, Chair

General Manager, Ithaca Marriott

Joel Malina, Vice Chair

VP, Community Relations, Cornell University

Jeff Gorsky, Treasurer

Partner, Sciarabba Walker & Co.

Jodi Lee Denman, Secretary

CFO, Knickerbocker Bed Company

Katie Borgella*

Commissioner of Planning & Sustainability, Tompkins County

Robert Cantelmo

Mayor, City of Ithaca

Dr. Greg Galvin

Past Chair, President/CEO, Rheonix

Anne Koreman

Legislator, Tompkins County


Johanna Anderson

President, Tompkins Community Bank of CNY

Julie Baker

Co-Founder/VP Operations, Ursa Space Systems

Sophia Darling

VP, Finance and Administration, TC3

Tim Downs

VP Finance and Administration/CFO, Ithaca College

Peter Dugo

President, Arnot Realty

Greg Hartz

Board, Tompkins Community Bank of CNY

Lisa Holmes*

Adminstrator, Tompkins County

Tom Knipe*

Deputy Director of Economic Development, City of Ithaca

Dr. Amy Kremenek

President, TC3

Jason Leifer

Supervisor, Town of Dryden

Christine Lovely

VP & Chief HR Officer, Cornell University

Chris Malcolm

Manager, Wegmans

Margo Martin

Superintendent, Groton Central School District 

Greg Mezey

Legislator, Tompkins County

Charlie Mulligan

Startup Mentor, Advisor & Investor

Kelly Nelson

Plant Manager, Borg Warner Morse TEC

Brian Noteboom

Local 277 Representative, NASRCC

Carrie Pollak

Partner, Hancock Estabrook

Tom Schryver*

Executive Director New Market Advancement, Cornell University

Chris Sponn*

Director, Tompkins County Workforce Development 

Dr. Martin Stallone

CEO, Cayuga Medical Center

Jennifer Tavares*

President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Jeremy Thomas*

Senior Director, Cornell University Real Estate

Lisa Whitaker

President & CEO, CFCU Community Credit Union

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.