Tompkins County Area Development

Supporting business creation, retention, and expansion – contributing to a thriving and sustainable local economy

TCAD is Hiring a Director of Development and Strategy!


Tompkins County Area Development is in search of a Director of Development and Strategy. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional with strong relationship-building and project management skills. This position supports the President in a variety of economic development leadership activities and initiatives.

The position will be responsible for maintaining relationships with elected officials and private sector stakeholders, managing the County’s Tourism Capital Grants Program, and selected initiatives to advance TCAD’s mission and support a thriving and prosperous economy. Current initiatives include oversight of a consultant and client committee for a countywide water and sewer infrastructure study and interfacing with a number of renewable energy/energy improvement programs for business and industry. The position will support TCAD’s five-year investment initiative, building relationships with private sector donors that support approximately one-third of TCAD’s budget.

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Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) focuses on economic development in Tompkins County. Since 1964, TCAD has continued to work tirelessly to grow, retain, and attract companies that provide high-quality employment opportunities. We strive to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurship and business development. Regardless of the economic times, we have continued to achieve successes.

Incentives and Programs

Tompkins County Development Corporation

TCDC promotes economic development initiatives in Tompkins County by offering tax-exempt bonding opportunities to not-for-profit organizations. Learn More

Industrial Development Agency

TCIDA delivers economic incentives to business and industry to diversify and strengthen Tompkins County’s tax base and enhance community vitality. Learn More

Loan Funds

Revolving Loan Funds are a popular economic development tool, delivering high risk capital to projects that cannot be financed by conventional sources. Learn More

Tourism Capital Grants

TCAD administers the Tourism Capital Grants program which supports capital projects at tourism destinations in Tompkins County. Learn More

Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network (FLRPnet)

FLRPnet extends the capacity and reach of economic development efforts in Tompkins County and the greater Finger Lakes region. Learn More

Tompkins County Economy and News

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Economic Data

Tompkins County Traded Sectors and local sectors by the numbers. Learn more


The area also attracts experienced and skilled workers from afar for specialized employment opportunities. Learn more

Startup Community

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