The Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District was founded in 1997.

The Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District (IDBID), is a State of New York chartered 501c3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of downtown Ithaca. The IDBID operates as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA).

The following vision statement guides the work and operation of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance:

“Downtown Ithaca is 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.”

What We Do For the Community

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a comprehensive downtown revitalization & management program engaged in 5 principal areas:
  • Business Retention & Development
  • Marketing & Membership Services
  • Government Relations & Environmental Infrastructure
  • Special Events
  • Transportation
Business Retention & Development includes:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Recruitment & Attraction
  • Business Retention
  • Business Expansion
  • Provide One-on-One Business Technical Assistance
  • Business Start-Up Assistance
  • Project Development & Facilitation
  • Key Property Revitalization

Marketing & Membership Services includes:

  • Image Marketing
  • Student Marketing
  • Convention Marketing
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Regional Marketing
  • Merchant Communications & Liaison
  • Web Site
  • Downtown Ithaca Gift Card program
  • Annual Dinner
  • Holiday Marketing

Government Relations & Environmental Infrastructure includes:

  • Ambassador Program
  • Landscaping Supplemental Service
  • Safety & Security
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Parking
  • Banners
  • City MOU

Community Special Events includes:

  • First Friday Gallery Nights
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
  • Ithaca Festival Craft Show
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Apple Harvest Festival
  • Halloween in Downtown
  • Santa’s Arrival
  • Ice Festival & Chowder Cook-Off

Download our complete workplan here: