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Ithaca Area Economic Development Launches New Website!

Ithaca Area Economic Development Launches New Website!

IAED’s new website highlights IAED’s services and promotes the strength and prosperity of the Ithaca and Tompkins County economy  ITHACA, N.Y. – March 25, 2021 – Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED) announces the launch of its new website, which features a bright,...

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June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter

  Check out the latest of what's happening at Ithaca Area Economic Development in our June 2021 Newsletter. Stay up to date on all of our projects, updates, and more by subscribing to our monthly newsletter here.  

New NYS Guidance for Vaccinated People, Businesses, Public Settings

New NYS Guidance for Vaccinated People, Businesses, Public Settings

Effective May 19, New York has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued May 13, for most businesses and public settings. More Businesses are authorized to require masks...

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

IAED, along with local partners, developed a recovery strategy for Tompkins County – find out more!

Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED) is a new name for our organization. Find out why this name better represents who we are and what we do!

IAED is proud to be a part of Emmy’s Organics incredible success story!

IAED is the first and only Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) in New York State!

IAED President, Heather McDaniel, discusses the Tompkins County Economic Recovery Strategy, created in collaboration with a variety of local partners. The strategy provides an overview of the actions taken to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as a roadmap to recovery. Find the complete strategy on the Initiatives tab of our website.

The dynamic for women in the workplace is constantly changing. Listen as IAED’s President, Heather McDaniel, and Tompkins Chamber’s President, Jennifer Tavares, dive into the topic in their All Things Equal interview with Cayuga Radio Group.


Cayuga Radio Group · Heather McDaniel, Ithaca Area Economic Development



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

Mission Statement
Revenue Model
Gimme Coffee
Food BIP

Listen as Heather McDaniel, President of Ithaca Area Economic Development, discusses economic development in the region.

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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