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Congratulations to Heather McDaniel!

Heather is now a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)!

The  International Economic Development Council   (IEDC) developed the CEcD certification program and it is regarded as an industry gold standard for excellence in the profession.  Having CEcD following your name shows that you have the breadth of knowledge to perform at the top level in the profession. The program requires candidates to have at least four years of economic development related experience and to take a minimum of six classes before sitting for the exam. Core courses include credit analysis and finance, business retention and expansion, and real estate development and reuse. Heather's elective courses were managing economic development organizations and marketing/attraction. 

The exam consists of five essays, short answer, and multiple choice questions. If a score of 70 or better is received on the first portion of the exam, the candidate moves on to an in terview. Heather was one of 12 candidates (out of 40) that passed the exam in Cleveland last week at IEDC's annual conference.

As Vice President and Director of Economic Development Services at TCAD, Heather helps businesses access the resources they need to start, stay, and grow in Tompkins County. She is the Administrative Director of the Tompkins County Development Corporation and the Tompkins County IDA. She administers the TCAD revolving loan program and provides referrals to local, regional, State, and Federal incentive programs. She takes an active role in business retention and expansion visits to local companies.

"Heather is an integral member of the TCAD team and is dedicated to supporting the development of local businesses and promoting the retention and creation of local jobs.  Earning the CEcD designation underscores her commitment to and deep knowledge and understanding of all aspects of economic development.   Our community is fortunate to benefit from Heather's experience and dedication to improving employment opportunities in our area." -  John Rudd, President and CEO at Cayuga Medical Center

Heather has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the International Economic Development Council, and she is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. Heather serves on the Tompkins County Library Foundation Board of Trustees, The United Way of Tompkins County, and The Sciencenter Board of Trustees.

Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network (aka TCAD Foundation) 

The Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network (FLRPnet) is undertaking a rural wealth creation ini tiative that will gain critical engagement at a one-day forum titled - Regional Prosperity: Collaboration Across Boundaries. The forum will bring together agricultural, business, economic development, non-profit, education, and government leadership from 12 rural counties of NY.

A specific objective of the forum is to inspire engagement in implementing a regional food-processing business incubation program.  The program will leverage existing resources in the food sector as well as fill service gaps. The forum will connect regional partners who can contribute  to making the food sector incubation program a success.

The ke ynote address will be from Leslie Schaller, Director of Programs at the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, a model regional development agency serving 32 rural counties of Ohio since 1985 .
Tuesday, October 25, 2016        
8:30 am to 4:00 pm       
The Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, NY
  • Join leaders from business, economic development, government, nonprofits, and education.
  • Explore a regional approach to rural wealth creation.
  • Accelerate the growth of our food processing sector through networking, building capacity, and expanding market connections.
To register and learn more click here.
Michael Stamm Will Represent TCAD at Conferences in October and November

New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) - 2016 Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED) Conference Corning, NY - October 18th and 19th
Michael will moderate a panel discussion titled:
" Staying Ahead of the Manufacturing Revolution: Why Innovation is Critical to Manufacturing Competitiveness"

New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) - 2016 Fall Conference - Albany, NY - October 26th
Michael will present at a workshop titled:   "Economic Development 101"
Michael will act as facilitator for a workshop titled: "Economic and Workforce Development Working Together: Case Studies" 

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) - 30th National Development Finance SummitNew Orleans, LA - November 1-4, 2016.  Michael will attend this conference

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TCAD 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.