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Welcome Students

to Downtown Ithaca!

Back to School Giveaway Contest September 8 - 18, 2020

Part of the fun of being a college student in the Ithaca community is having the opportunity to explore and experience downtown, including the Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall and its surrounding streets filled with independent shops and restaurants.

In a normal year, under normal circumstances, we'd be hosting an open house weekend full of activities, entertainment and exploration of what's in store in your Downtown Ithaca community - CU Downtown & IC/TC3 Downtown Day.  We are ever optimistic we will get back to that next fall!

Instead of our annual welcoming celebration, we're hosting a huge giveaway contest with fantastic prizes that's safely socially distant, but still lets you know about some of the businesses downtown who are safely reopen for business and offering new ways to enjoy shopping & dining both online and in person while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Contest Details

Each day from Sept. 8th through 18th, we’re giving away gifts & prizes from Downtown shops and restaurants to make your semester in Ithaca more exciting!

How to Enter:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @downtownithaca
  2. Complete the contest form to the right each day to enter and win the basket of the day!

Contest Rules:

This contest is intended to help college students attending Cornell University, Ithaca College or Tompkins Cortland Community College learn more about their downtown community.  You must be enrolled in one of the three universities – in person or virtual instruction. 

You can enter to win once each day to compete for the daily prize and qualify for the grand prize on the 18th. 

Winners will be announced on the following day with the Grand Prize winner announced on Monday, Sept. 21st.

This contest is sponsored by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. It is no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram.



To see the 10-Day Back to School Giveaway prize details, check our Instagram stories and posts, @downtownithaca 
Day 1 Basket for the 10-Day Back to School Giveaway Contest

Day 1 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Samantha from Cornell University

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Day 2 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Sydney from Ithaca College

Day 1 Basket for the 10-Day Back to School Giveaway Contest

Day 3 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Heather from Cornell University 


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Day 4 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Katie from Cornell University

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Day 5 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Mary from Cornell University


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Day 6 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Lindsey from Ithaca College


Basket filled with products and gift cards from downtown Ithaca businesses

Day 7 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: Melinda from Tompkins Cortland Community College


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Day 8 Prize Basket

Basket Winner: TBA


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Day 9 Prize Basket 

Basket Winner: TBA

 

Shopping, Dining & Services Directory

The Downtown Ithaca business community has safely reopened in accordance with NY State and Tompkins County safety guidelines.

While many shops and restaurants have reopened their doors with reduced hours or capacity, they have also added new ways to shop including curbside pick-up and delivery services for online or phone-in orders.


Getting to Downtown Ithaca

Downtown Ithaca is central to Ithaca, NY and easily accessible by bus from Cornell and Ithaca College Campus. Green Street Bus stop in front of the Tompkins County Public Library is the main bus transfer station for getting around the entire county and also the site of the Inter City Bus Depot that connects local transit to regional bus companies like Coach and Greyhoud.

TCAT bus routes & real time schedules
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Job Opportunities

Downtown Ithaca Shops & Restaurants are hiring for part-time & full-time employment. With Downtown Ithaca easily accessible from all campuses, this might be a great place to find work that works around your school schedule. Click on the link below to view the Downtown Ithaca Job Bulletin board.


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