Tompkins County is named in honor of Daniel D. Tompkins, who served as Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States of America. The City of Ithaca serves as the county seat.
Main Industries: Tompkins County's intellectual assets feed the business community with scientific break-throughs, an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative, highly-skilled workforce. They have also helped spur the growth of research-based businesses and attracted nationally renowned teams of scientists.
Land: Along with the waterfalls, gorges and beautiful lakefront, the county offers access to 28,000 acres of public forestland for hiking, mountain biking and outdoor recreation.
Education: Tompkins County is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
Chair, Tompkins County Legislature - Shawna Black