The Office of Community Relations connects Cornell’s Ithaca campus with its surrounding communities, helping to address shared challenges and advance opportunities in one of America’s greatest college towns. Our goals revolve around timely sharing of information and a daily focus on service and follow-through.
Cornell is proud that the greater Ithaca area is its home community. Community Relations staff works with community and campus leaders on quality-of-life issues including area infrastructure, sustainability, public schools, economic development, transportation, equity, and planning.
We serve as coordinating staff for the Collegetown Neighborhood Council, Campus-Community Coalition, and smaller, frequent outreach sessions around Tompkins County -- informal meetings that give residents the chance to talk with Cornell representatives about community-campus topics.
Each year through Community Relations’ Town-Gown Awards, we honor proactive campus-community partnerships and local leaders.
- Tompkins County Government
- Tompkins County Council of Governments
- City of Ithaca
- Visit Ithaca
- Live in Ithaca
- Ithaca Area Economic Development
- Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services
- Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
- Tompkins County Area Transit (TCAT)
- Ithaca College
- Tompkins Cortland Community College
- Downtown Ithaca Alliance
- Cayuga Medical Center