Downtown Ithaca honors essential workers 

Commons banners showcase the community’s local heroes

ITHACA NY, AUGUST 6, 2020 — Downtown Ithaca is going the extra mile to salute its essential workers. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) has installed a series of 12 banners on the light poles on the Commons pedestrian mall featuring images of essential workers printed on them.


DIA Executive Director Gary Ferson says the essential workers’ banners were created as a means of lifting the spirits of the community

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance installed 12 banners on the Commons light poles with images showcasing the community’s essential workers.

and thanking the people who have been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Essential workers have been putting their safety on the line since day one of the pandemics. This is an opportunity for our community to pause and recognize our community’s front line employees, essential workers who we oftentimes take for granted,” Ferguson says.

Images on the banners include a postal worker, pharmacist, downtown clean team ambassadors, grocery, deli, and food and beverage workers, firefighters, and other local heroes.  The banners will be on display through November.
The DIA is currently seeking business sponsorships for its 2021 Banner Program. For more information regarding how your business can sponsor a banner, email


Darlene M. Wilber, Communications Manager
Downtown Ithaca Alliance 

ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ITHACA ALLIANCE: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a State of New York chartered 501c3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of the Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District (IDBID). 
Downtown Ithaca is the economic, social, and cultural heart of Tompkins County. The Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District strives 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.