As 2019 draws to a close, Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD), the economic development organization for Ithaca and Tompkins County, looks back on all that has been accomplished in the past year and is pleased to report $86.7 million in capital investment projects. The organization’s strategic partnership with area businesses led to the retention of 159 jobs, plus 54 projected new jobs. Additional 2019 successes include adding 140 units of affordable housing, incentivizing 5 megawatts of renewable energy projects and supporting the region’s tourism program.

“We’re pursuing various avenues toward long-term economic success, and in 2019 that has included supporting local manufacturers and tech businesses, while delivering affordable housing and harnessing the power of renewable energy,” said Heather McDaniel, president of TCAD. “Our organization continues to partner with businesses and the Greater Ithaca community, ensuring Tompkins County remains a thriving destination to work and live.”

Top right: 
Rendering of Ithaca Arthaus – a new affordable
living project in Downtown Ithaca
Middle right:
Samantha Abrams and Ian Gaffney,
owners of Emmy’s Organics located in Dryden
Bottom right:
Dutch Harvest Farm – a new wedding
and event space in Lansing