The 2015-2020 Tompkins County Development Strategy has been published! The base of all economic development is investment. When private investment fails to meet a community’s particular needs, public investment or public/private partnerships may be necessary. Current realities and future challenges of economic development give rise to three foundational principles on which economic development investments should be based: exports, productivity and sustainability. Exports have motivated much of economic development activity in the past, but the shift from a manufacturing service based economy and increasing global competition has emphasized the importance of productivity. A growing awareness of the need for human development and the scarcity of natural resources also highlights the need for a sustainable approach. Click to view the Summary Report or the Full Report.
IAED President, Heather McDaniel, and the rest of the IAED community are happy to share the 2022 Annual Report.