- By Margaret Frank
- Business & Technology
Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD), the economic development group for Ithaca, N.Y., and the surrounding county, is the first in New York State to achieve Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) status from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). TCAD is one of only 67 organizations in the world to achieve this certification, which confirms that trust from the business community is well-placed.
In 2019, TCAD reported $86.7M in capital investment projects. During the current crisis, TCAD is availing itself to area businesses, local leaders and other stakeholders, providing vital information on federal, state, and local efforts to buoy the economy. According to TCAD President Heather McDaniel, achieving AEDO status demonstrates the organization’s dedication to building a thriving and sustainable economy that improves the quality of life in Tompkins County.