ChristineCurtis, Executive Director
Christine Curtis
Executive Director

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Owego, NY 13827

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Facade Loan Program

For exterior improvements on commercial properties

0% Interest

Maximum $20,000

Funds up to 90% of total project cost 

Contact IDA for eligibility requirements and application information


Paint Program

Funds paint for exterior of commercial properties

Maximum $1000 reimbursement

Applicant must be approved prior to paint purchase

Contact IDA for eligibility requirements and application information

It is the mission of the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency to promote, develop, encourage and assist in acquiring, constructing, maintaining, equipping and furnishing certain types of projects and facilities, to advance the job opportunities, health, general prosperity, economic welfare and recreation opportunities of the citizens of Tioga County. 


click here to view the TEAM Tioga Available Site Listings tool to search available commercial and industrial properties for sale and/or lease in Tioga County. 


All TCIDA Board Meetings since January 2020 are available on our YouTube channel. New meetings are livestreamed as well as recorded. Click the TEAM Tioga link to access our YouTube channel.


  News and Announcements

Business Loan Program

  Documents and Programs

  Board and Committees

Chair - Jon Ward:  Appointment Date:  December 10, 2019

Jon is a Vice President and Commercial Services Officer at Tioga State Bank. Jon studied Business Administration at Niagara University and Business Economics at State University of New York at Oneonta.  He is a board member and Treasurer for the Tioga County Local Development Corporation, alumnus of the Broome Leadership Institute and volunteer soccer coach for TCYSA. 

Vice-ChairmanKevin Gillette: Appointment Date: January 1, 2014

Kevin was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Tioga County IDA on June 5, 2019. Kevin is a partner in Tioga Hardwoods Inc. located in Berkshire NY. Established in 2000 in Tioga County. Kevin is a Trustee of the New York State Lumbermen’s Insurance Trust Fund.

Treasurer - Eric Knolles:  Appointment Date: June 12, 2019

Eric is the Superintendent of the Waverly Central School District.  Eric obtained his Educational Doctorate from California University of Pennsylvania, Master's Degree in Administration at Mansfield University, BS from Mansfield University, & NYS Superintendents Certificate from St. Bonaventure University.  Prior to his career in education, Eric served four years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army and worked as a deputy sheriff for the Bradford County's Sheriff's Department.   

Secretary - Mari Townsend:  Appointment Date:  January 10, 2023

Mari is an Assistant Tioga County Attorney and has been practicing as an attorney since 2005. Prior to joining the County Attorney's Office Mari was the Family Court Public Defender for Tioga County.  Mari and her husband, Chris, own Hollenbeck's Feed & Coal, Inc, in Catatonk, NY.  Mari is also a member of the Candor New Quilters on the Block Quilt Guild, a member of Owego Rotary, and a supporter of the Tioga Arts Council.

Martha Sauerbrey: Appointment Date: January 13, 2016 (previously served 2007 - 2014)

Martha Sauerbrey was appointed Secretary to the Tioga County IDA on January 4, 2017.  Martha is the Chairwoman of the Tioga County Legislature since 2014 and has served as a Tioga County Legislator since 2005. Martha is the past President and CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, 1999 to 2014. Martha's previous employment includes: Tioga County Economic Development & Planning - Economic Development Zone Coordinator/Economic Development Specialist, 1998 – 1999; New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous - Operations and Communications Coordinator, 1989 – 1998. 
EDUCATION: Graduate course work, Elmira College, Elmira, NY
BS, Business, Management & Economics, SUNY Empire College, Binghamton, NY
Kellogg Leadership Program, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Co-Founder of Tioga Women Lead
Advisory Board Member, NYSAC Women’s Leadership
NYSAC Board of Directors
NYMIR Board of Directors
Institute for Organization Management,
Communications/Business & Organization Award
Grant and Proposal Writing (24+Hrs.)
NYS Economic Development Zone Training (50+Hrs.)
Public Relations (100+Hours), Leadership (200+Hrs.), National Campaigning (100+Hrs.)
Recipient: (2) Scholarships – Business and Professional Women’s Association
Recipient: Tioga County Boys & Girls Club Women & Youth Award
Graduate of Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute, 2014

Tracy Monell: Appointment Date: January 12, 2010

Tracy is a Tioga County Legislator serving District 4 since 2009.  Tracy is currently the Chairman of the IDA's Railroad Committee.  Tracy previously served one year as the IDA Secretary.  

Christine Curtis - Executive Director:  November 2018 - present

Christine obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Economic Finance Analysis at Binghamton University & Associate's Degree in Business Administration at Broome Community College.  She was previously Tax Roll Supervisor at the Tioga County Treasurer's Office.

Megan Griffiths - Executive Assistant:  November 2020 - present     

Joe Meagher - Attorney for TCIDA: November 1, 2006 - present

Jon Ward - Committee Chair

Eric Knolles

Mari Townsend

Chairman - Jon Ward

Vice Chairman - Kevin Gillette

Secretary - Mari Townsend

Treasurer - Eric Knolles

Jon Ward - Committee Chair

Eric Knolles

Mari Townsend

Jon Ward - Committee Chair

Eric Knolles

Mari Townsend

Jon Ward - Committee Chair

Douglas Barton

Kevin Dougherty

Eric Knolles

Mari Townsend

Tracy Monell - Committee Chair

Martha Sauerbrey

Kevin Gillette

Christine Curtis

LeeAnn Tinney