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TCAD’s McDaniel named to state economic-development association’s board

By Eric Reinhardt (


Heather McDaniel, president of Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD). (Photo credit: Tompkins County Area Development website)

ITHACA, N.Y. — The president of Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) has been appointed to the board of directors of the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC).

TCAD is the economic-development organization for Ithaca and Tompkins County.

NYSEDC is a nonprofit association representing economic-development professionals in New York state. Its members include IDAs, local development corporations (LDCs), banks, underwriters, bond counsels, utilities, chambers of commerce, real-estate developers, business incubators, workforce organizations, and private corporations, according to TCAD.

“I am honored to join the NYSEDC board of directors and contribute to the efforts of the organization,” McDaniel said in a statement. “As economic development professionals across New York State strive to promote a healthy and sustainable economy, NYSEDC acts as a valuable source of support, information, and advocacy.”

McDaniel has served as president of TCAD since 2018 and worked for the organization for 13 years in total. As part of her duties, she is the administrative director of the Tompkins County Industrial Development (TCIDA) and the Tompkins County Development Corporation (TCDC).

McDaniel is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She also holds the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) designation from the National Development Council and the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council, according to TCAD.


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