Tracy Verrier

Executive Director

tverrier@cayugaeda.org

Tracy Verrier is the Executive Director of Cayuga Strategic Solutions, a joint venture of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency and the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce. Tracy provides organizational oversight, stakeholder engagement, and staff management for CSS, as well as administrative services to various economic development boards including the Cayuga County IDA, Auburn IDA, Auburn Local Development Corporation, and the City and County small business loan programs. She also serves on the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, the Cayuga County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, and is a co-chair of the Auburn DRI Local Planning Committee.

Tracy has Master’s Degrees in Economics and International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Drew University. Tracy and her husband, Ian Phillips, live in Owasco and are co-owners of Heifer Hops.

Danielle Szabo, Economic Development Specialist

Danielle Szabo

Economic Development Specialist

dszabo@cayugaeda.org

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

Danielle has over 10 years of workforce development experience with a focus on recruitment & retention strategies. She has worked with local employers in Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties to build more efficient hiring and onboarding processes that have led to overall system changes. Danielle has a B.A. degree in Global and International Relations with a concentration in global politics and global culture from SUNY Oswego. She is an Auburn native and currently lives in Marcellus with her husband and two dogs. Danielle and her husband, Luke Szabo, own and operate Scratch Farmhouse Catering.

Taylor Symes, Economic Development Technical Specialist, Cayuga Economic Development Agency, CEDA

Taylor Symes

Economic Development Technical Specialist

tsymes@cayugaeda.org

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 Coordinator

droblee@cayugaeda.org

Devon Roblee was hired as Marketing Coordinator 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 beautiful boys call Auburn home.

Ashlee Saret, Communications Coordinator

Ashlee Saret

Communications Coordinator

asaret@cayugaeda.org

Communications Coordinator Ashlee Saret joined our team in September 2019. She is responsible for keeping information flowing, both between CEDA staff and to our clients and the public. She manages our website and social media pages, helps with digital marketing and design, and plays a supportive role in event and educational resource planning and execution.

After moving to New York from Florida in 2006, Ashlee studied Telecommunications and English at Cayuga Community College, where she was heavily involved with the School of Media & the Arts (SOMA) and the school’s radio station, WDWN. Prior to coming to work here at 2 State Street, she co-owned and operated a wholesale art company. She currently resides in Auburn with her husband and their son and daughter.

Kim Taggerty, Office Administrator

Kim Taggerty

Office Administrator

ktaggerty@cayugaeda.org

Kim Taggerty joined the Cayuga Strategic Solutions team as the Office Administrator in July 2020.  Her responsibilities include the administrative work for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency,  Cayuga County Chamber, and Cayuga Strategic Solutions. She has been a Cayuga County resident since 1984 and attended Cayuga Community College, receiving an Office Clerk Certificate.  Kim has also completed several business classes at CCC throughout the years.

Prior to working at 2 State Street, Kim retired from her position with Cayuga County.  She began her career in 1992 as Deputy Clerk to the Legislature and Purchasing Agent.  Kim lives in Aurelius and has one daughter, one son and three grandchildren.