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Strategic Tourism Planning Board

The Strategic Tourism Planning Board is an advisory board to the Tompkins County Legislature. Its mission is to provide oversight and strategic direction for tourism initiatives that promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in Tompkins County. 

The STPB typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. If you plan to attend, please confirm the date, time, and place of the next meeting by contacting the Tourism Program director by email or 607-274-5560.

Online meetings of the STPB are conducted on Zoom. Access instructions for each meeting are included in the agenda.

STPB Member Support

STPB Membership

Brett Bossard Chair, Arts-Culture
Doug Levine Vice Chair, Arts-Culture
Kelli Cartmill Lodging
Laura Winter Falk At-Large
Josh Friedman Arts-Culture
Alexis Zaharis Grimm Lodging
Vacant  Ithaca College
Ken Jupiter At-Large
Kelly Makosch Recreation
Rick Manning At-Large
Greg Mezey At-Large
Barbara Romano Cornell University
Monika Roth Agriculture
Richard Floyd TC3
Steve Stull Arts-Culture
Jeremiah Swain At-Large
Teri Tarsus At-Large
Marian Levy Ware At-Large
Megan Barber Community Arts Partnership, Non-Voting
Peggy Coleman Convention & Visitors Bureau, Non-Voting
Gary Ferguson Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Non-Voting
Mike Sigler County Legislature, Non-Voting
Heather McDaniel Ithaca Area Economic Development, Non-Voting
Jennifer Tavares Chamber of Commerce, Non-Voting
Patty Poist Transportation, Non-Voting
Michael Miller Associate Member
Jon Reis Associate Member
Wylie Schwartz Associate Member
Chuck Tauck Associate Member
Nick Helmholdt Staff
Kristin McCarthy Staff


STPB Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2023 Agendas 2023 Minutes 2023 Presentations
January January CVB Q4 2022 Report
February February Ithaca Tompkins International Airport
March March 2022 CVB Annual Report
April April CVB Q1 2023 Report
May May  
June June Downtown Ithaca Ambassadors and Tompkins Festivals 
July [cancelled] July [cancelled]


August August 

2023 Annual Report: Community Beautification Program

September September  
October October  
November November  
December December  
2022 Agendas 2022 Minutes 2022 Presentations
January January  
February February  
March March 2021 CVB Annual Report
April April Downtown Ithaca Ambassadors Program
May May  
June June  
July July

2022 Annual Report: Community Beautification Program

CVB Mid-Year Report

August [cancelled]  August [cancelled]  
September September 2022 Annual Report: Community Arts Partnership
October October  
November November Update: Ithaca Downtown Conference Center Construction
December December  

Agendas and minutes from 2021 and earlier are available upon request.