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Welcome Home Wednesday
Wednesday, March 10th | 5 - 6 p.m.

Have you relocated to the area in the past year to live or work in Tompkins County? Are you interested in learning more about what Tompkins County has to offer a first time resident or someone returning after years away? 

As part of the Live in Ithaca initiative, Tompkins Chamber is inviting new residents to Live in Ithaca: Welcome Home Wednesdays virtual meet & greet - share with your colleagues and new recruits!
Vaccines & Employers: What you need to know
Thursday, March 11th | 3 - 4:15 p.m.
On Thursday, the Chamber will host a discussion with Tompkins County, Cayuga Medical Center, Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, and the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County to share important information and guidance on what employers should know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about what's required of you, anticipated regulations from NYS regarding paid time off, and best practices for employers as it relates to supporting your workforce in becoming vaccinated. Learn also about progress in Tompkins County and throughout the Southern Tier Region, as well as efforts to address equity issues in vaccine distribution.

Joining us this Thursday are:
* Amie Hendrix, Deputy County Administrator, and Member, Southern Tier Vaccine Task Force
* Rob Lawlis, Cayuga Medical Center
* Dr. David Evelyn, Cayuga Medical Center
* Jordan Chernatsky, Attorney, Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
* Patricia Fernandez de Castro, Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County, Member, Vaccine Equity Task Force

The webinar will be facilitated by Chamber President Jennifer Tavares, who is also a member of the Southern Tier Vaccine Task Force. Please submit advance questions here.
Networking @ Noon: Construction
Ithaca's Changing Landscapes
Thursday, March 18th | Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Our panel this month will discuss the construction and development industry sectors, with specific focus on areas of the community that are rapidly changing. Our panelists will provide perspectives as leaders of their organizations and highlight the growth of the following three projects/areas: 
  • Waterfront 
  • Collegetown
  • Downtown

More info to follow next week!
Join us for:

* Key area economic updates

* Breakout Sessions:
  • Our Future Workforce
  • Tourism & Hospitality Industry Recovery
  • The Startup Ecosystem

* Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vicki L. Bogan Geller Family Professor of Applied Economics & Management

* Q & A throughout the event
Economic Summit:
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Dr. Vicki L. Bogan
Associate Professor, Dyson School
Wednesday, March 24th | 9am - Noon
The Tompkins Chamber, Ithaca Area Economic Development, and Cornell University look forward to hosting you for a virtual economic summit.

We'll be celebrating our resiliency and community efforts to navigate 2020 together, offering breakout sessions highlighting key challenges and opportunities, and sharing inspiration for our economic recovery in the years ahead. Please join us!
Thanks to our sponsors and partners!
Opportunities remain available; email David.
Coming Next Week:
Community Hero of the Month
Tompkins Trust Company and the Tompkins Chamber are pleased to announce the launch of the Community Hero of the Month Awards, which will give deserving recognition to individuals from Tompkins County who have significantly impacted our community.

The program will begin March 2021 and will announce community heroes each month. Stay tuned for an announcement in the next Chambergram!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training Series, Session 2
Trauma-Informed, Mindful Leadership During Pandemics:
The Challenge for C-Suite and HR in Visionary Organizations
Wednesday, March 17th | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Through an agreed-upon set of principles, values, and respectful dialogue around where our experiences both converge and diverge, this interactive workshop allows participants to develop a mindful trauma-informed framework for building inclusive, bias-free teams while recognizing the value of developing a growth (rather than fixed) mindset for equity that reduces stress, increases engagement, and sparks creativity and innovation.

Presented by: Michelle Courtney Berry, Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training Series, Session 3
Tips for Interrupting Bias, Bigotry, Stereotypes and Negative Assumptions at Work
Wednesday, March 31st |
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bigoted comments, jokes, negative assumptions and stereotypes are challenging because they can provoke our emotions and make us reactive, scared, confused, uncertain, judgmental, and less able to access our intelligence and good thinking. This workshop will offer participants tips, questions and boundary-setting statements that can help you intervene or respond calmly in the presence of others. There will be time to brainstorm interventions and responses to examples.

Presented by: Laura Branca, TFC Associates.
To support Members' desire to build greater diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their respective workplaces, a group of experienced facilitators and consultants will be conduct a six-part webinar series, led by Dr. Paula Ioanide of Rise to Equity, in partnership with the Chamber. This series is presented by Cayuga Health System, with additional support from Community Foundation in Tompkins County and Tompkins Financial.
Leadership & Lemonade
Pandemic Planning
Friday, March 12 | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Our March program will focus on County Government and features Eric Mulvihill, Clerk to the Cortland County Legislature, and Amie Hendrix, Deputy County Administrator for Tompkins County. The session will be moderated by Ever Stokes from the Ithaca Youth Bureau and feature a mini-leadership lesson from the Liberating Structures toolkit.

Register and get tickets at the left, and once registered you will be sent an email with the info and Zoom link.
Women in Business Roundtable
w/ Amy Kohut, 1 Step Coaching & Consulting
Friday, March 26 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

We'll gather for a facilitated conversation with women business and nonprofit leaders from all throughout Tompkins County and our broader Chamber membership, hosted by Amy Kohut.

Important conversations, real-time brainstorming, and a supportive environment are the hallmarks of our regular Women in Business Roundtable gatherings.
Tools to Deal with Workplace Trauma
Thursday, April 1 | 9 - 11 a.m.

The reactions to the events of 2020 have been varied and complex. Some are even surprised many of us will classify these events as traumatic. As a result, many of the people we work with might be having reactions that impact how they show up for work, performance, and overall business/ work environment. This workshop will explore how to manage workplace trauma responses by incorporating trauma-informed practices that will help us get through some challenging times ahead and lead to a more supportive work environment in the present and future.

This workshop is offered in conjunction with TC3 and the Cortland Chamber.
The Business Council of New York State has partnered with the New York State Department of Labor to conduct a statewide business workforce survey.

The goals of this survey are to:
• Understand the current and anticipated future needs of the business community, specifically as they relate to hiring needs, skills gaps and training.
 • Better outline, based on data, where and how to position resources related to training and hiring programs and initiatives.
As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, the state and nation will have an acute focus on workforce development with new resources and opportunities for workers and businesses. To best target these resources, understanding the demand (employer) side of workforce development will be crucial.

This survey will close Friday, March 19, 2021. Don’t delay, complete the survey today!
NYS Funding & COVID Policy Updates
NYS Makes Several Additional Adjustments to COVID-19 Business and Consumer Restrictions; Gathering Limits Increase

Gathering Limits Increase:
  • Personal gathering indoors remains at 10; outdoors increases to 25 beginning March 22nd.
  • Non-personal gathering sizes increase to 100 indoors, 200 outdoors beginning March 22nd.

Capacity limit 33%:
  • Indoor without testing: 100 people (or 33%)
  • Outdoor without testing: 200 people
Capacity limit increases with proof of testing:
  • Indoor with tests: 150 people
  • Outdoor With tests: 500 people

Hannover Messe All-Digital Trade Show 
April 12-16, 2021 
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2021 
Global NY is providing a limited number of STEP grant awards to give eligible New York State small businesses the opportunity to exhibit digitally in this year’s virtual edition of HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s leading industrial trade fair.

The event will feature daily live presentations, from 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) -2:00 p.m. (EST), from April 12-16, 2021. The digital event covers the following sectors: Automation, Motion & DrivesCompressed Air & Vacuum; Digital Ecosystems; Energy Solutions; Engineered Parts & Solutions; and Logistics.
More COVID-19, Vaccine Updates & Resources
We advise that eligible people capable of traveling to a state site continue through the process to schedule an appointment, even if the first screen says "no appointments". Additionally, check each morning as new appointments open frequently.

Tompkins Chamber and CVB Property at East Shore Drive Under Contract

Tompkins Chamber & CVB announced in September that our property at East Shore Drive is listed for sale, and are excited to share now that it is under contract. Anyone wishing to submit back up offers can view the listing below, and contact Warren Real Estate. Click below for the listing information!
March Meeting Schedule

Admin & Finance/Executive Committee
Tuesday, March 16th | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

No Board Meeting
Economic Summit - March 24th

All meetings require advance registration & will be virtual until further notice. Register with Carly Hansen at
Our team is here to help.

Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at For specific need areas:

Carly Hansen, Operations/Account Assistance
Jordan Herson, E-blasts, Chambergram ads, Member of the Week
Diane Hemly, Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Jennifer Tavares, Economic Recovery/Communications & PR
David Walton, Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries

Note: Our East Shore Drive office is staffed most weekdays from 9-5 for pick up or delivery, and our entire team is available by appointment. Please call 607-273-7080 during normal business hours if you need to visit us.