Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership LDC

Over 20 years of locally-driven collaboration designed to stimulate economic and community development within Tioga County, NY.

What We Do

Grant Administration

REAP continues to administer grants for small businesses that have positively impacted communities throughout Tioga County.

County-Wide Initiatives

REAP has partnered in several studies to benefit Tioga County (TC) as a whole, including the TC Housing Strategy Action Plan, the TC Open Access Fiber Optic Network Feasibility Study and Business Plan, the TC Code Enforcement Feasibility Study, and the TC Workforce Development Pipeline Strategy.

Community Partners

In order to accomplish its mission, REAP has worked to build strong partnerships with area municipalities as well as agencies such as Tioga County Economic Development & Planning, Tioga Opportunities, the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency, and Southern Tier 8.

– better together –

Our County in Numbers


Rural businesses assisted since REAP was established in 1991.


REAP serves all 15 municipalities in Tioga County, New York.


In just five short years, REAP has been successfully awarded over $704,000 in grant funding. As one of four REAP Zones in the United States, priority consideration is given for applications submitted by Tioga County for funding through USDA Rural Development.


Full-time jobs created since 2015.

Areas Addressed

  • Housing
  • Workforce Development
  • Small Business Support
  • County Infrastructure
  • Municipal Capacity


Board of Directors

Abbey Ortu (Hendrickson), Board President, Tioga County Representative

Christina Brown, Vice President, Housing Representative

Emily VanScoy, Secretary, Village/Town of Candor Representative

Jim Tornatore, Treasurer, Village of Newark Valley Representative

Barb Neal, Agriculture Representative

Bob Williams, Emergency Services Representative

Cyndi Herrick, Town of Richford Representative

Keenan Miller, Town of Owego Representative

Lisa McCafferty, Public Health Representative

Matt Tomazin, Town of Newark Valley Representative

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