Ithaca Area Economic Development Welcomes Kellea Bauda as Director of Business Services

ITHACA, N.Y., April 26, 2023 – Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED) is pleased to announce a new hire. Kellea Bauda began Monday as Director of Business Services. In her new role, Bauda is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with businesses, entrepreneurs, and referral partners; providing technical, financial, and site location assistance; managing IAED’s Revolving Loan Fund; and aiding administration of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA).

IAED President Heather McDaniel shared, “Kellea is a great addition to IAED. She has a strong background in finance and lending and her customer relationship skills are unmatched.” McDaniel added, “I am confident she will do great things for businesses throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County.”

Bauda brings over 17 years of banking experience to her new role. Her most previous work focused on business relationships and commercial lending. She also has a background in engaging U.S. Treasury products to streamline business finances by managing cash, investments, and other financial assets. Bauda formerly served as VP, Business Banking for Chemung Canal Trust Company and Citizens Bank. She has also worked for Bank of America, Citifinancial, and First Niagara/Key Bank.

Bauda graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in International Studies and Sociology. She is also a 2019 Leadership Tompkins graduate and has served on boards or committees of the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County, United Way of Tompkins County, Lansing Youth Services Commission, and Racker. Bauda can be reached at

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