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TCAD Awarded $404,170 through ARC POWER Initiative

TCAD Awarded $404,170 through ARC POWER Initiative

TCAD Receives $404,170 from Appalachian Regional Commission to Extend Broadband to Lansing Cayuga Data Juice - Broadband Connectivity Project to extend fiber broadband trunk to former coal plant and help strengthen coal impacted economy in Tompkins County, NY. ITHACA,...

TCAD’s President Appointed to NYSEDC Board of Directors

Heather McDaniel joins the Board of NYSEDC, the state’s principal organization representing economic development professionals. Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) is pleased to announce that TCAD President, Heather D. McDaniel, has been appointed to a seat on the...

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American Rescue Plan Impacts for Small Businesses

American Rescue Plan Impacts for Small Businesses

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently administering and adds new...

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Keeps Community Connected

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Keeps Community Connected

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) renovated and expanded in 2019 and now offers a gorgeous terminal and multiple jet bridges and amenities for travelers. The airport provides connectivity to the world for local businesses, educational institutions, and our...

IAED Year in Review

Listen as TCAD President Heather McDaniel shares TCAD’s successful work in 2019.

2019 Successes Pt. 1
2019 Successes Pt. 2

General Radio Spots

Listen to find out more about TCAD and how TCAD is working with the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) and local businesses to build a stronger and more sustainable economy.


IAED On The Radio

Listen as Heather McDaniel, President of Ithaca Area Economic Development, and Chet Osadchey, President of Cayuga Radio Group, discuss how changing TCAD’s name will strengthen the organization’s ability to continue as a leader in economic development, providing innovative solutions and dedicated services to our business partners.

Ithaca Area Economic Development is committed to building a thriving and sustainable economy in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Ithaca Area Economic Development

Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) is now Ithaca Area Economic Development!

Mission Statement
Revenue Model
Gimme Coffee
Food BIP
IDA Eligibility REV
Quality Careers
Community Solar
Energy Taskforce
Affordable Housing
FL Prosperity Network

Incodema, Inc. 

Incodema, Inc. shares how they have maintained production during COVID-19 and are producing vital components for essential businesses.


When COVID-19 hit, Rheonix’s team quickly pivoted their product development to a test for the virus causing COVID-19, supplying testing machines to hospital labs in Central New York.

Ursa Space Systems

Ursa Space Systems shifted all employees to remote work and used their technology to map the effects of COVID on the economy.

Tompkins Trust Company

Tompkins Trust Company continued to serve customers during COVID-19 and provided over 650 Paycheck Protection Program loans to local businesses, preserving hundreds of jobs.

Cayuga Health System

Cayuga Health has been on the front lines of our regional response to COVID-19, opening one of the first mass testing sites in NYS.

Communique Design & Marketing

Communique has continued to work with clients during COVID-19 and is proud of our business leaders’ support of our community as we all move forward together.

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport

TCAD – Ithaca Tompkins International Airport 

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is dedicated to providing a safe experience for travelers and follows all NYS safety precautions.

Ithaca Coffee Company

Ithaca Coffee Company adapted quickly, instituting safety measures, expanding online ordering, and curbside pickup and delivery.

The Computing Center

The Computing Center shares how it has adapted to customer needs during COVID-19, maintaining services and pivoting to increased online product sales as demand increased.

Ithaca Marriott Downtown  

The Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons and Monk’s on the Commons share how they are surviving and thriving during COVID-19.

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