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elcome to the City of Ithaca – undeniably one of New York's most beautiful and dynamic cities! Take time to enjoy the scenery. Surrounded by rolling hills, waterfalls, Cayuga Lake, and parks of every shape and size, Ithaca's natural beauty is unmatched. We're a small city with big city amenities including a very active arts and culture scene. Ithaca is a 3-hour drive to almost anywhere in New York State, making it a popular destination for shopping, entertainment, vacation get-aways, meetings and conferences.

With the reputation of being a great place to live, work, play, dream, create, and learn, Ithaca offers a wide variety of recreational, educational, cultural, entrepreneurial, and business opportunities and programs. We use our Mission, Vision and Values Statement along with our Diversity Statement to guide us in our day-to-day operations and long term planning.


Mayor Svante L. Myrick

Vision: We strive to make Ithaca a Model Community: A great place to create, dream, live, learn, work, and play.
Mission:  We deliver high quality services to preserve and enhance the well-being of our community
Values:  For those we employ and those we serve:

 We believe that:
   - people are our greatest asset;
   - each person should be respected, developed, supported and valued;
   - diversity should be celebrated through inclusion.

We believe in:
   - teamwork;
   - interdepartmental collaboration;
   - responsiveness
   - sharing knowledge and expertise.

  Excellent Results
 We believe in:
    - continuous improvement;
    - streamlined processes;
    - quality service;
    - celebrating success.

Mission + Values  +  Resources = Excellent Results

City of Ithaca Diversity Statement
The City of Ithaca is committed to a work environment and community governance that values and supports diversity and inclusion.  Collectively we will strive to learn about diversity; educate City employees, members of boards and committees and other volunteers; and promote acceptance of the differences of others within our workforce and our community.

Our goal is to strengthen the City's work environment, our government, and our ability to serve our constituents.

In order to accomplish these goals, we will:

  • Actively seek employees and volunteers with diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop and maintain a work environment that supports and nurtures every individual throughout his or her tenure with the City.
  • Continue to develop laws, policies and procedures governing our workforce and the City of Ithaca that are mindful and inclusive of our diverse community

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