Economic Newsletter | February 2020
TCAD is happy to welcome Kathy May and Kurt Anderson!

Kathy May joins TCAD in the newly created position of Director of Workforce Services. Kathy will visit with key sector employers, gather workforce data and intelligence, and identify and deliver workforce assistance. She will be actively involved in developing workforce training programs and encouraging collaboration with higher education institutions. Learn More

Kurt Anderson joins TCAD as Director of Development and Strategy. In this role, Kurt is responsible for administering the Tompkins County Tourism Capital Grants Program, overseeing future initiatives, and supporting the TCAD Foundation (Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network). Kurt will also represent the economic development perspective on key issues, manage special projects, and collect and analyze economic and labor market data.
Above: Kathy May, Below: Kurt Anderson
Ithaca based Rosie App , an online shopping platform, announced a partnership with DoorDash to bring an "affordable, reliable delivery option to independent grocers and their communities across the United States." Congratulations Rosie!
The 2020 Economic Summit took place on February 5th. Topics included tourism, housing and development, workforce development, and sustainability. Heather McDaniel ( TCAD ) and Jennifer Tavares ( Tompkins Chamber ) shared accomplishments from the past year and goals for the future. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul presented Governor Cuomo's proposed State budget.
Tompkins Weekly recently highlighted the importance of small businesses to the Tompkins County economy and community. TCAD is one of the organizations in the County providing support to small businesses through the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) and TCAD loan fund , helping businesses such as Emmy's Organics and South Hill Cider , among others, thrive.

TCAD's Chuck Schwerin shared his thoughts on the challenges small businesses face and advice for those contemplating starting a business.
The mixed-use City Harbor project set to revitalize the Ithaca waterfront recently received extensive local and regional media coverage:

Updates from the TCIDA's February board meeting:

  • The IDA accepted an application from City Harbor, LLC for incentives. This 4.35 acre urban waterfront revitalization project includes housing, commercial services, a restaurant, and public amenities for all - a waterfront promenade, public boat slips, boat launch, and several park areas
March 19th
Registration is free!

Educational Technology Day is a free regional technology event hosted by Ithaca College , that attracts over 1,600 people annually from upstate New York featuring over 60 local and national vendors.
Doing Business in Ithaca is a guide to starting and growing your business in the City of Ithaca. 
Live in Ithaca is a workforce attraction and retention initiative with the goal of supporting private, non-profit, and public employers in Tompkins County. The website highlights career opportunities, our engaged community, and our exceptional quality of life.
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