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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 at the Ithaca Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau (904 East Shore Drive in Ithaca). If you plan to visit, please confirm the date, time, and place of the next meeting by contacting the Tourism Program Director by email or 607-274-5560.

Tourism board seeks agriculture representative


The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) has a vacancy representing agriculture.
Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application no later than January 3, 2018.

Upcoming 2017 meeting dates:

  • December 20

Check below for a member list, bylaws, meeting documents, and calendar of upcoming STPB activities.

2017 Members
David Blake At-Large
Brett Bossard Arts-Culture
Kelli Cartmill Vice Chair, Lodging
Josh Friedman Arts-Culture
Anne Gossen Chair, Arts-Culture
Steven Hugo At-Large
Ken Jupiter At-Large
Anne Kellerman At-Large
Doug Levine Arts-Culture
Michael Mellor At-Large
Cara Nichols Ithaca College
Stephen Nunley At-Large
Barbara Romano Cornell
Susan Stafford TC3
Julie Swigart Lodging
Andy Zepp At-Large
Martha Armstrong TCAD, Non-Voting
Peggy Coleman Convention & Visitors Bureau, Non-Voting
Gary Ferguson Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Non-Voting
Dan Klein County Legislature, Non-Voting
Dwight Mengel Transportation, Non-Voting
John Spence Community Arts Partnership, Non-Voting
Jennifer Tavares Chamber of Commerce, Non-Voting
Ethan Ash Associate Member
Jim Brophy Associate Member
Carol Kammen Associate Member
Jon Reis Associate Member
Mary Kate Wheeler Associate Member
Baruch Whitehead Associate Member
Tom Knipe Staff
Kristin McCarthy Staff

June 2012 update


2017 Agendas 2017 Minutes Presentations
January January  
February February STPB-CVB Annual Report 2016
March March  
April April TC Room Tax Investments 2004-2016
May May

TC Room Tax Investments 2004-2016_final for adoption,

Addressing the Growth of STRs - Presentation

Downtown Conference Center Feasibility

June June Discovery Trail Report
September September  
October October  
November November Beautification, Signage & Public Art Program 2017 Annual Report
2016 Agendas 2016 Minutes Presentations
January January  
February February  
March March  
April April  
June June  CVB's Visit Ithaca Plan
July July  
September September Festivals Program Annual Report
October October  
November November  
2015 Agendas 2015 Minutes Presentations
January  January  
February  February  
March  March  
April  April Hospitality Workforce Development Initiative
May  May Beautification, Signage and Public Art Annual Report; Tourism Program Budget Education
June June Tompkins County Area Development
July  July  
September September  
October October  
November  November Draft Heritage Tourism Implementation Plan 
December  December  
2014 Agendas 2014 Minutes Presentations
January January Frank Nagy - City of Ithaca Parking
February  February CVB 2014 Plan Presentation
March  March  
April  April  TC Lodging Industry 2000-2013 (Charts)
May May State Theatre/Airport/Downtown Ithaca



 Monagan - "Double-Edged Sword" / CVB Visitor Services Benchmarking
July July  
September  September  
October October

I Love NY, "Tourism Means Business" Presentation, Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council Presentation

December  December  
2013 Agendas 2013 Minutes Presentations
January January  
February February  
March March  
April April Draft CVB Marketing Plan Presentation
May May  
June June  
July July  
September September  
October October  
November  November  
2012 Agendas 2012 Minutes Presentations
January January  
February February  
March March  
April April Draft Strategic Plan Presentation
May May  
June June Ithaca Commons Redesign Proposal
IMPP Architect's Sketch
  July Special Meeting for 2013 Budget
August August  
September September  
October October  
November November  
December December  
  2011 Minutes