TCAD 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!

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.

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.

Ithaca Coffee Company

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Incodema, Inc. 

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

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.

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

2019 Successes Pt. 1

2019 Successes Pt. 2

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.

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IDA Eligibility REV


Quality Careers


Community Solar

Energy Taskforce

Affordable Housing

FL Prosperity Network

Real People. Real Jobs.

TCAD’s Real People. Real Jobs. program was a monthly podcast on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:40 on WHCU 870AM/ 95.9FM. Martha Armstrong, Vice President of Economic Development, interviewed various employers in Tompkins County on economic development, new initiatives and doing business. You can listen to previous years podcasts on WHCU’s website.

Philly DeSarno
June 7, 2017
City of Ithaca

Betsey Hale
May 3, 2017
Three Rivers Development Corporation

Julie Baker
February 2, 2017
Ursa Space Systems

Tom Schryver
December 28, 2016
Center for Regional Economic Advancement

Janet Hawkes
November 2, 2016
Fingerlakes Regional Prosperity Network

Jamie Zimmerman
February 3, 2016
Dairy One

Nick Nikitas, Founder & President
January 6, 2016
Rosie Application

Mike Hall, Manager
December 2, 2015
Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport

Bruce Stoff, Executive Director
November, 4 2015
Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention

Heather Lane, Founder & Owner
October 7, 2015
Purity Ice Cream