Economic Development

Situated at the southern end of Cayuga Lake in central New York, Ithaca is a diverse, cosmopolitan city of 30,000 residents that serves as the county seat for Tompkins County and represents the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area.

Ithaca is the home of two major higher education institutions: Cornell University (21,000 students) and Ithaca College (6,400 students), along with the nearby Tompkins Cortland Community College (3,800 students).  Renowned for its natural beauty, Ithaca is a regular tourist destination for thousands of visitors annually.  It also boasts a vibrant historic Downtown ― with the newly renovated Ithaca Commons at its heart.  The Ithaca economy is primarily driven by education, manufacturing, high-tech, healthcare, retail, and tourism/hospitality.

We value the high quality of life available to our city residents and we are committed to maintaining and enhancing it through high development standards within the City.

The mission of the Economic Development staff is to:
  • Act as the liaison between City Hall and the business community and other economic development entities.
  • Carry out activities which will retain, expand, and recruit businesses.
  • Create a positive community perception and environment for development activity.

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