ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau finally got to cut a ribbon for its own new office space, located at 124 Brindley Street in the West End of Ithaca.
Attending the ceremony were elected officials from the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County Legislature, community members and individuals from organizations around the county that had a hand in making the move possible. The new location is adjacent to the former Aeroplane Factory building on the same campus.
Jennifer Tavares, president and CEO of the Tompkins Chamber, began her remarks by thanking the many partners in the move, including building owner Jerry Dietz and his team of employees from CSP Management.
“It really is a fantastic new home for us, and the needs that we have for ease of access are a big reason we ended up here in the West End instead of in Downtown Ithaca,” Tavares said, adding that it took the board of directors and the staff a couple of years to research what might fit the organization most seamlessly.
“We are so grateful, it really is beautiful,” Tavares said to Dietz and his CSP Management employees.
Also involved in the project were Holt Architects, Hayes Strategy, Syracuse Office Environments, the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, Ithaca Lights, Iron Design, Warehouse Carpets, among others.
“We see so much potential in this area of our community, there are really interesting things happening down here, new synergies happening,” she said of the West End. “Eventually, we’ll be able to get right around the corner to Wegmans,” she added, to laughter.
Dietz also gave remarks, crediting his employees for making the project successful.
“I have to thank my guys,” Dietz said. “Many of them have been with me for years, and they make CSP what CSP is. I cannot stand up here and not give them all of the love that I feel for them.”
Alderperson Ducson Nguyen attended on behalf of Mayor Laura Lewis, saying, “I’m really happy that you chose this part of town to start your new headquarters, and that’s because the city is committed to this area. […] but I also want to acknowledge that there are challenges in this area, and we are working on those, too.”
Following several additional remarks from community partners, staff from the Tompkins Chamber and CVB assembled for the ribbon cutting, which was followed by an open house.