November 2020
TCIDA Approves Childcare Grant Program
The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA), administered by Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED), recently approved an Emergency COVID-19 Grant Program. The grant funds are for use in upgrading childcare facilities to allow for safer operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds may also be used by childcare providers to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Four grants, totaling $33,331, were awarded by the TCIDA on November 11, 2020.
Applications will be accepted until all funds are allocated. For more information on how to apply contact Chuck Schwerin at Ithaca Area Economic Development:
Carpenter Park Project Approved
The Carpenter Park project was approved for a tax incentive by the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) on November 11, 2020.

Carpenter Park is a transformational mixed-use development on the Ithaca waterfront. It includes a mix of affordable and market rate housing, commercial space, and a new medical office building, as well as green spaces and shared parking.
Recognizing IAED's Achievements
Workforce by the #s in Tompkins County
Business Resources
COVID-19 Testing for Businesses - Cayuga Health System is offering a reduced pricing option to employers interested in regular testing for COVID-19. For more information, contact Tracy Gates, Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer at Cayuga Health System at 607-351-8487 or
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources - lists of back-to-work guidance including PPE manufacturers and providers can be found on the IAED website.
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application - The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a simpler loan forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,0000 or less helping streamline the loan forgiveness process.
Reshoring and rebuilding Supply Chains - A program helping small and medium sized manufacturers assess impacts to supply chain as a result of COVID-19 as well as assist in helping identify supply chain gaps AND opportunities for reshoring of materials and finished goods. 
Empire State Digital - Helping New York State-based small businesses' ability to grow their online presence through a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce enablers, including Shopify, Square, Clearbanc, and Etsy. Read more
Skills Courses Available Free for New York Workers - In partnership with Coursera, NYS launched a free online platform for New Yorkers to take free courses and learn new job skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers.
Local Startup Raises More than $1M in Funding
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