Downtown Ithaca: a place & partnership

Downtown Ithaca as we call it is a business Improvement District(BID) founded in 1997 (formally known as the Ithaca Business Improvement District, or IBID).

This is a zoned district of Ithaca, New York and spans 12 square blocks of the city.

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance(DIA), also founded in 1997, is a State of New York chartered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of Downtown Ithaca (IBID).

What The Alliance Does

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a comprehensive downtown revitalization & management program engaged in 6 principal areas: Business Retention & Development, Marketing & Membership Services, Government Relations, Environmental Infrastructure, Special Events, Transportation.

Each year the Downtown Ithaca Alliance undertakes a number of tasks, activities, and programs designed to advance and support downtown revitalization, management, and promotion.  These actions comprise the DIA Annual Work Plan. 

The programmatic work of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance has been organized by the following: 


The Alliance Mission…

…the economic, social, and cultural heart of Tompkins County. The Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District will strive to preserve and develop the central downtown core as the region’s center for banking and finance, business and professional offices, government and community services, downtown residences, and as a retail destination highlighted by specialty shops, restaurants, arts and entertainment. Downtown serves people who live and work downtown, city and county residents, college communities, area visitors and tourists.”


Planning & Building for Tomorrow

2030 Strategic Plan

The DIA is working in collaboration with the City of Ithaca on the its 10-year strategic plan.

The process kicked off in 2019 and has involved data gathering, research, input and idea collection from community stakeholders and interests groups spanning outward into Tompkins County.

Learn More About the Process

Get involved.  Be Heard.  Share your thoughts and ideas about what would you would like to see happen in or how downtown should grow over the next 10 years.

Take the Ithaca Resident Survey:

2030 Ithaca Resident Survey

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

A Non-profit Community Organization

Our Staff

The organization is staffed by a team of full-time and part-time employees working together to cover the scope of the organization’s annual work plan.

Meet the Team

Our Board

DIA is monitored & advised by an elected board of directors consisting of property owners or their representatives, commercial tenants, residents, educational institutions, and local government officials.

Meet the Board

Our Meetings

Board and committee meetings are open to the public. 

Board meetings generally occur every 3rd Monday of the month at 6pm at DIA, unless otherwise noted. 

Schedules & Agendas