Michael Miller, Executive Director

Michael Miller

Executive Director


In his role as Executive Director, Michael provides organizational oversight, stakeholder engagement, and staff management. Michael attained his Bachelors of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University. He and his wife are lifelong residents of Cayuga County, and reside in Aurora with their four children.

Maureen Riester

Economic Development Specialist


As the Economic Development Specialist for CEDA, Maureen 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.

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.