The Town Gown Awards (The TOGOs) celebrate the connections between Cornell University and local communities and highlight the achievements of local leaders who have left or are leaving high-profile positions.  These awards have become an annual tradition in the local community.  


Save-the-date: The annual Cornell Town-Gown Awards (The TOGOs) are set for Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School




TOGO Class of 2018

  • Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit

  • Southside Community Center

  • Tompkins County Council of Governments

Additional coverage of the 2018 program can be found here

Event photo gallery



TOGO Class of 2017

  • Leadership Tompkins


  • Student Power!

Additional coverage of the 2017 program can be found here.  

Event photo gallery 



togo class of 2016

  • Cancer Resource Center 

  • The City of Ithaca Hospitality Employment Training Program 

  • Downtown Ithaca Alliance 

  • Cayuga Medical Center

  • EcoVillage at Ithaca

Additional coverage of the 2016 program can be found here.



TOGO class of 2015

• City of Ithaca Department of Public Works Engineering Division

• Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

• Community Foundation of Tompkins County

• Local Emergency Response Agencies

• Ithaca City School District

Additional coverage from the 2015 program can be found here



togo class of 2014

  • Kids Discover the Trail

  •  St. Luke’s – Collegetown community

  •  Rev – Ithaca Start-Up Works

  •  Area food distribution networks

  •  Cayuga Lake Modeling Project

Additional coverage of the 2014 program can be found here



togo class of 2013

• Tompkins County Area Development

• Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

• Dump and Run

• Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes/CU post-doc program

• Pre-Orientation Service Trips Program

Additional coverage from the 2013 program can be found here



togo class of 2012

• Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit

• Gorge Safety Task Force

• Ours & Yours

• Johnson Board Fellows Program

• Ithaca Schools - Cornell Working Group

Additional coverage from the 2012 program can be found here


TOGO CLASS of 2011 (not pictured)

• Cornell Student United Way

• Public Service Center

• Ithaca Carshare

• College Discovery Program

• Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Additional coverage from the 2011 program can be found here


In 2017, Cornell Community Relations was asked to present at the International Town Gown Association Conference in Eugene, Oregon.  

Deputy Director Susan Riley presents at the 2017 ITGA conference

Deputy Director Susan Riley presents at the 2017 ITGA conference

Check out this piece written by Susan about her time at the conference.