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Tompkins County is a regional employment center anchored and stabilized by its largest employer, Cornell University.  As host to a thriving higher education sector, the community is an attractive location for technological, creative, and information-related enterprises.  Other key sectors in the local economy are high tech industries, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.

Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) is charged with facilitating county-wide economic development planning. The Tompkins County Planning Department remains actively involved in the county-wide loan program.

Tompkins County County-Wide Loan Program
The Tompkins County County-Wide Loan Program provides low interest loan assistance to facilitate projects that create or retain employment opportunities for low- to moderate-income persons. Loans are made possible from repaid U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that are available to the Tompkins County Planning Department. Tompkins County Area Development reviews applications and makes recommendations for loan assistance.

For more information about this program, contact the Tompkins County Area Development (607) 273-0005.

Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal program that provides funding for housing and community development.  The primary objective of the CDBG Program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding employment opportunities, principally for persons of low-and moderate- income.  The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, consists of two components:  1) an entitlement program that provides funding directly from HUD to designated entitlement communities (City of Ithaca), and 2) an Office of Community Renewal Program, administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, which funds smaller communities that are non-entitlement communities (Tompkins County and all other towns and villages in the County).  Office of Community Renewal funds assist activities that focus on creating or expanding job opportunities, addressing housing needs, or meeting local public facilities needs.

Between 1991 and 2010, the Tompkins County Planning Department has been awarded $12.6 million in CDBG funds for homeownership, home rehabilitation and economic development projects.

Link toWord Icon Tompkins County CDBG history (grants received in the past).

For more information about the CDBG program visit the New York State Homes and Community Renewal website at

Tompkins County Area Development TCAD
TCAD is charged with facilitating county-wide economic development planning. TCAD is not a division of the Planning Department, but has been linked here for your convenience.



Tompkins County
Planning Department

121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, New York 14850

Phone: (607) 274-5560  
Fax: (607) 274-5578

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