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posticon State Incentive For Clean Business Development

Business | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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PACE Financing

It's a typical dilemma.  Should you spend money on an energy system that you may not pay off before selling your property?  Or something cosmetic that will boost the resale value?  Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca have signed on to a program that makes it more economical to go green without being saddled with loan repayment when you sell.  The concept is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).  New York's PACE Program is administered by Energize NY.

"In our community where there are so many transient people cycling through, they could do the upgrade on their house and then pay for it while they're there and enjoying the benefits, but the cost of that upgrade would stay with the house for the new owner to get the benefit as well," says Tompkins County Department Of Planning And Sustainability Deputy Commissioner Of Planning Katherine Borgella.  "It's an idea that caught on nationally. Tompkins County was the first to join north of Ulster.  The City of Ithaca joined shortly after that."

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posticon Inclusivity Decals Distributed To Select Ithaca Businesses

Business | Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Livia Isaacson Print
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ithacaisloveLocal non-profit group, Ithaca is Love, will begin distributing 'Inclusive Space' decals to local businesses this June in honor of Pride Month. Ithaca is Love worked with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and the Ithaca & Tompkins County Convention & Visitor's Bureau, to create, and ultimately distribute, window decals for local businesses that wish to advertise that they are an inclusive space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

"Celebrating the diversity that makes Ithaca 'Ithaca' and Tompkins County so unique is something the Chamber takes very seriously," said Jennifer Tavares, president of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. "We are so happy to be part of a county-wide visible commitment to inclusivity for local businesses wishing to make the pledge."

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