Cornell’s expertise in research, technology and business education translates into meaningful impacts in communities around the world. Our mission extends beyond the classroom, helping entrepreneurs access the research and mentorship they need to start and grow successful businesses.

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Louis Hyman

The gig economy

Louis Hyman has written about the rise of consultants, temps, freelancers and day laborers.

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Mike Goore

Feeding the world

Plant breeder Mike Gore harnesses cutting-edge technologies to speed the engine of evolution.

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Deborah Estrin

Health tech

MacArthur fellow Deborah Estrin is trailblazing the use of mobile devices and data to address social challenges.

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Kelly Musick

Gender and income

Kelly Musick examines income inequality within families and how childbirth contributes to the gender wage gap.

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Kathryn LaTour

Consumer psychology

Kathryn LaTour researches how marketers should approach branding, experience design, communications and loyalty programs.

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Richard Geddes

Infrastructure policy

Richard Geddes is an expert on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, including new modes of high-speed transportation.

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Shannon Gleeson

Immigration reform

Shannon Gleeson studies the opportunities and challenges faced by immigrants with temporary protected status.

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Karan Girotra

Transforming business

Karan Girotra collaborates with companies building new business models in the areas of urban living, smart transportation and e-commerce.

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Susan McCouch

Digital agriculture

Susan McCouch is developing new ways to address food security in a growing world.

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Cornell’s Local Economic Impact

Cornell’s dedication to the local community, demonstrated through engagement and contribution of resources, is one reason Ithaca is consistently ranked among the top small cities in the nation.


  • $2.8M
    Property taxes paid
  • $142.8M
    Purchasing in Tompkins and adjacent counties
  • $7.5M
    Local contributions to governments, schools, non-profits, public transit
  • $310M
    External federal, state and corporate research funding spent locally