Thomas (Tom) Knipe has served in two different leadership roles in local planning and economic development since obtaining his M.R.P. from Cornell in 2011. He served as Principal Planner and Tourism Program Director with the Tompkins County Planning Department for seven years, and since 2018 he has directed the Office of Economic Development for the City of Ithaca. He also worked for eight years in the bicycle transportation field in Portland, Oregon. He is a founding board member of a local active transportation advocacy group, Bike Walk Tompkins, and also serves on the board of the New York Bicycling Coalition. His areas of professional expertise include community development, economic development, land use, transportation, comprehensive planning, real estate development, public art, organizational leadership and management, marketing, budgeting, fundraising, grant administration, and community relations. Knipe is a recipient of AAP's Thomas W. Mackesey Prize and received a B.A. in Political Science and French from Binghamton University in 1998.
- CRP 3850/5850 Special Topics: Economic Development: Goals, Strategies and Tools
- West, David et al., "Frack or Bust — Shale Gas Extraction brings local planning challenges," Planning Magazine (April 2012)