Maureen Riester

Economic Development Specialist

As the Economic Development Specialist for CEDA, I work to retain and expand existing businesses, as well as to attract new businesses to expand or relocate to Cayuga County. To do so, I identify available commercial sites and buildings, and help businesses navigate the myriad of programs and incentives at the local, state, and federal levels.

Julia Foster

Small Business Development Specialist

As the Small Business Development Specialist for CEDA, Julia works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop business strategies designed for growth and adaptability.  Julia works to connect businesses with resources and partner programs for education, business development and funding.  The goal in making these resources available is to continue to grow and sustain the vibrant small business community of Cayuga County.

Julia’s background is in agriculture and small business. She has worked with local farmers from across the state and continues to be part of the agriculture community.  Julia has a B.S. degree in Organizational Management from Keuka College. Marcellus is where Julia, her fiancé Chris, and their dog Finley call home. Julia spends time helping her family on their farm and with their small businesses.

Taylor Symes, Economic Development Technical Specialist

Taylor Symes

Economic Development Technical Specialist

As the Economic Development Technical Specialist for CEDA, Taylor is responsible for assisting businesses with loans, incentive and grant applications, research and data analysis, and providing staff services to the area’s economic development boards: Cayuga County IDA, Auburn IDA, and the Auburn Small Business Assistance Program Committee.

Ms. Symes attended Cayuga Community College where she studied Medical Imaging and Radiology. She brings a background of banking to this position. Taylor resides in Auburn and has a son. She is active in our Auburn community.

Devon Roblee

Marketing Manager

Devon Roblee joined Cayuga Strategic Solutions in December 2015. Devon brings her experience in journalism and as a small business owner to assist CEDA in developing and executing its marketing plan. She was born and raised in Cayuga County, received an Associate’s Degree in Telecommunications from Cayuga Community College, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema & Photography from Ithaca College. She, her husband Andrew, and their two sons call Auburn home.