Who is Ithaca Area
Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED; formerly Tompkins County Area Development) is a private non-profit economic development organization serving Ithaca and Tompkins County. We are New York State’s first and only Accredited Economic Development Organization, one of only 70 across North America.
Since 1964, we’ve maintained a singleness of purpose: create a supportive business environment that attracts, grows, and retains companies that provide high-quality employment. IAED provides consistent, customized economic development leadership needed to help you grow and prosper. It’s who we are and what we do.
Through forward-thinking, strategic partnerships with businesses, government, academic institutions, and area non-profits, we’re your one-stop shop for success. Check out this website and some of the amazing things we’re doing. Then get in touch and let’s get creative together!
Driven by Our Mission. Guided by Our Vision.
Building a thriving and sustainable economy in Ithaca and Tompkins County.
Ithaca Area Economic Development is dedicated to building a thriving and sustainable economy that improves the quality of life in Tompkins County by fostering the growth of business and employment.
A flourishing economy with exciting, innovative firms that inspire and attract a talented workforce.
What we do
IAED provides direct incentives and customized resources that fit the needs of businesses at every stage of growth and development.
The 2015-2020 Tompkins County Economic Development Strategy, developed and delivered by IAED, accompanies and advances the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan.
IAED president, Heather McDaniel CEcD, and staff serve on boards and committees at all levels of governance, sharing their expertise and shaping programs and policy.
Who We Are
Our Dedicated Team
IAED is dedicated to helping businesses start, grow, and stay in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Our team employs its vast knowledge and experience to support a healthy and prosperous local economy and community.
Heather D. McDaniel
Managing Director of Business Services
Director of Development and Strategy
Director of Communications
Manager of Administrative Services
IAED celebrates previous years’ accomplishments via an annual report.
In 2019, our local economy was strong and IAED celebrated many successes.
- 23 Projects
- $87M in New Investment
- 159 Retained Jobs
- 54 Projected New Jobs
In 2018, unemployment hit record lows, jobs grew by 3%, and IAED welcomed a new president.
- 11 Projects
- $98.7M in New Investment
- 279 Jobs Retained
- 54 Projected New Jobs
Board of Directors
Larry Baum, Chair
Dr. Greg Galvin, Vice Chair
Jeff Gorsky, Treasurer
Greg Hartz, Past Chair
William Guerrero, Ithaca College
Jason Molino, Tompkins County
As Tompkins County Administrator, Jason Molino is Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins County government. A credentialed local government management professional by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Mr. Molino joined the County in January 2018, after most recently serving twelve years as City Manager (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer) of the City of Batavia, New York. While in Batavia, Mr. Molino played a key leadership role in a number of economic and community development initiatives, among them
- Achieving New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area designation for Batavia, working with local economic development partners and private sector investors to secure the City’s first Brownfield development in the heart of downtown;
- In cooperation with the Batavia City School District, Genesee County, Genesee County IDA, and Batavia Development Corporation, creating the first Brownfield redevelopment PILOT Increment Financing (PIF) District targeted at pooling resources to invest in distressed areas of the City;
- Authoring an RPTL 458-r property tax exemption to redevelop zombie and vacant homes, providing up to 25 years of property tax exemption for Batavia property owners;
- Securing more than $8 million in grant funds used to underwrite key initiatives in economic development, infrastructure improvements, planning, equipment replacement, and public safety.
Administrator Molino holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University of Albany, State University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He is also a veteran, having served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for seven years, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.
Mary George Opperman, Secretary
Svante Myrick, City of Ithaca
Johanna Anderson, INHS
Julie Baker, Ursa Space Systems, Inc.
Katherine Borgella, AICP, Tompkins County
Natalie Branosky, Tompkins County Workforce Development Board
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Ithaca City School District
Illa Burbank, Incodema, Inc.
John Collett, Cayuga Health Systems
Jerry Goodenough, Heorot Power
Cathy Hart, Ithaca Marriott Downtown/Monks on the Commons
Tom Knipe, City of Ithaca
Laurie Linn, Communique
Chris Malcolm, Wegmans
Joel Malina, Cornell University
Dr. Jeff Matteson, TST BOCES
Deb Mohlenhoff, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Deb Mohlenhoff is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as the Program Director for Leadership Tompkins and Leadership Cortland. She is also an elected Common Council member for the City of Ithaca and serves as the city’s Acting Mayor. She has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Binghamton University. Her career focus has been on leadership development for both college students and community members. She is a member of many local boards and has served nationally with the American Cancer Society Leadership Training Team and as a member of the national advisory board for the National Society of Leadership and Success. She regularly provides strategic planning as a consultant for non-profits with a specialty focus on Gallup Strengths, Organizational Leadership, Generations in the Workplace, and Volunteer Management.
She is an ’03 graduate of the Leadership Tompkins Program and has won a “40 Under 40 Award” from the Chamber of Commerce as well as named one of the “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know” in Tompkins County. She was also honored with Binghamton University’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2014. She received the CSPA Social Justice Innovation award for her work on Ithaca College’s MLK Day program, was named a Mobile Food Pantry Champion from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and honored with the Dedication to Leadership Development Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Brian Noteboom, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
Tom Robinson, BorgWarner
Tom Schryver, Cornell University
Mike Sigler, Tompkins County Legislature
Jennifer Tavares, CEcD, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
Jeremy Thomas, Cornell University
Frost Travis, Travis Hyde Properties
Shawn Wilczynski, Cargill Salt Mine
Thank You to Our
Our investors believe in IAED. Their support enables us to provide the consistent, customized economic development leadership that helps our businesses, community, and economy prosper. We’re successful because of them.