TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Heather McDaniel has been appointed the new president of Tompkins County Area Development.

McDaniel’s appointment by the board of directors follows the retirement of Michael Stamm, who led the organization for 33 years. McDaniel joined TCAD in 2007 as Empire Zone Coordinator, then director of economic development services in 2008 and vice president in 2014. She previously worked in the Tompkins County Department of Planning.

“I am excited to begin my next chapter at TCAD, leading the team to meet the economic challenges our community faces over the next decade,” McDaniel said in a news release. “I firmly believe there is great potential for business growth and expansion here. My goal will be to work collaboratively with public and private sector stakeholders to maximize our success.”

John Rudd, president and CEO of Cayuga Health System and Cayuga Medical Center and TCAD board chair, served as chair of a nine-member search committee that worked with Waverly Partners to search for local, regional and national candidates.

Larry Baum, founder of The Computing Center and vice chair of the TCAD board, said he has worked with McDaniel both at TCAD and when he was a member of the Industrial Development Agency.

“Heather’s technical skills in understanding all the complexities of development, how projects fit into our community, and her passion for the success of our local economy make her an excellent person to lead TCAD. I look forward to working with Heather to continue TCAD’s mission of building a thriving and sustainable economy that improves the quality of life for everyone in Tompkins County.”

Founded in 1964, TCAD is the county’s economic development organization. Part of its mission is to “grow, retain, and attract companies that provide high-quality employment opportunities.” For more information, visit

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