LESLYN MCBEAN-CLAIRBORNE: There's something about living in a college community that's just exciting.
GARY FERGUSON: I want to welcome the students of Cornell back. It is a great honor to have you guys here with us in our community. You're an important part of our life. We love having your students.
LESLYN MCBEAN-CLAIRBORNE: These students bring energy, and excitement, and vigor.
JENNIFER TAVARES: I'm excited to welcome students back to our community this fall. It's been a long several months and we've missed you. Our businesses have worked hard to prepare for student returns so that we can safely serve you and enjoy our time together in the next many months.
SVANTE MYRICK: So many students have contributed immeasurably to the beauty, the culture, the economy, and the health of our city. So many have gone on to become first responders, firefighters, police officers, who've worked in are hospitals as nurses, as doctors, who've started families, built lives in this city, and helped turn it into what it is-- a wonderful place to live and work.
LUVELLE BROWN: The students, and the faculty, and the staff at Cornell University means so much to our school community.
LESLYN MCBEAN-CLAIRBORNE: For all of us, we have to follow the guidelines and be responsible so that our community stays safe.
JENNIFER TAVARES: We look forward to continuing all of our collaborations, special projects, and initiatives that enrich your experience at Cornell University and also benefit our community in return. Welcome back.
LUVELLE BROWN: Welcome back.
GARY FERGUSON: Welcome back.
LESLYN MCBEAN-CLAIRBORNE: We look forward to having you here.
SVANTE MYRICK: All of you play such an important role in helping us to continue the success that we've had so far. So as long as we wear a mask, we keep our distance, we take care of ourselves, we'll be taking care of our neighbors too. That is our mission and with that I am proud to say, welcome back.
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Hear from Gary Ferguson, Executive Director, Downtown Ithaca Alliance; Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Director, Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and Chairwoman, Tompkins County Legislature; Jennifer Tavares, President & CEO, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce; Svante Myrick ’09, Mayor, City of Ithaca; and Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City School District.