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.
As Interim Executive Director, Danielle provides organizational oversight, stakeholder engagement, and staff management for CEDA, as well as administrative services to various economic development boards including the Cayuga County IDA, Auburn IDA and the City and County small business loan programs.
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.
Meg has joined CEDA as the Business Development Specialist. Her role is to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop business strategies designed for growth and adaptability. She also helps 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.
Meg and her husband, Ivan, relocated to Ledyard, NY, in 2010 after leaving Philadelphia, PA, in pursuit of open space. Meg has spent her career in all aspects of business management. Her focus has been in business administration, supply chain and infrastructure.
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 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.
Communications Coordinator Javani Portipilo joined our team at 2 State Street in June of 2021. 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.
Javani has lived in Auburn since her senior year of high school, and will be attending Cayuga Community College in the fall of 2021 for Media Communications.
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.