Member News: Chamber Announces Annual Award Winners

Tompkins Chamber Announces Annual Award Winners

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the three business and community recognition awards that will be presented at the Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Thursday, January 26th at Ithaca College’s Emerson Suites.

The Award categories are: Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Distinguished Business of the Year.

Distinguished Business of the Year is being awarded to Rosie Applications, for their investment in Downtown Ithaca, cultivating a modern workforce, and being pioneers of the tech service industry in Tompkins County. “Rosie Applications is an incredible start-up firm that spun out of Cornell and has been growing ever since,” said one nomination. “They’ve displayed a strong commitment to Ithaca and Tompkins County, investing in Downtown Ithaca and attracting a fresh workforce to our area. They offer a unique work environment, and are on track to double in size again in 2017.”

Non-Profit of the Year is awarded to Cinemapolis as a recognition of their commitment to the arts and theatre in Tompkins County, investment in downtown Ithaca, and support of the local non-profit economy. “Cinemapolis is currently celebrating its 30 year anniversary in Ithaca. Cinemapolis is not just a theater that shows independent and art films in its five theaters, but a member-supported not-for-profit organization, said one nomination received. “Cinemapolis has become a community hub, providing opportunities for many non-profit organizations to show films relevant to their mission, hold discussions, and raise funds.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year is being awarded to Atlas Bowl for their investment in Trumansburg, development of a community recreational and culinary hub, and continued commitment to growth through collaboration. “Owner Todd Parlato and partners rebooted a long lost institution in Trumansburg, created high quality jobs in a small community, established Trumansburg as a can’t miss hub on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and added a great “anchor” the downtown Trumansburg, said a nomination. “Through their first year plus of operation, Todd has been the heart and soul of Atlas. He’s tirelessly engaged local businesses, community members and more to create not just the restaurant he wants to run, but one the community deserves.”

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce applauds these winners and their continued commitment and dedication to the economy, strength, and quality of life of Tompkins County.