The College Town, Elmira Project, formerly the Downtown Elmira Project, is made up of several smaller projects with a shared mission: to offer a greater experience for students while stimulating profits for business owners and helping to revitalize our city, creating more of a college town atmosphere! The foundation for this project has been our team’s newly developed relationship with Elmira Downtown Development, a local non-profit organization. Several of our team members are currently interning with this organization and we hope to continue to build on the relationship by recruiting new Enactus members each year to fill the organization’s intern positions. The following projects make up the College Town, Elmira Project:
Purple Pennant Project – Thanks to a generous donation from Elmira College’s Office of Public Relations and the EC Bookstore, students were able to hand out more than 100 purple EC pennants to local businesses. The pennants, proudly displayed in their windows, will serve as a welcoming sign for EC students who are relatively new to the area.
“Experience Elmira” Student Savings Book – We are in the process of handing out these student savings books to all EC Students, completely FREE of charge. The books are full of special offers, discounts, and coupons from local businesses! They will also serve as an informational guide to downtown Elmira for the students as they include pictures, addresses, phone numbers, and other information about each of the businesses featured in the book.
“Experience Elmira” Local Business Expo – This event is still in the planning stages and will be held in the spring, hopefully right at the beginning of our Term III. Local businesses will be invited to the Campus Center Dining Hall for an afternoon to market their goods and services to the EC student population. Businesses will be encouraged to offer students free samples, menus, coupons, and other freebies in order to really show students, especially the underclassmen who are relatively new to the area, the many wonderful businesses in downtown Elmira and the surrounding area.
College Town, Elmira Facebook Page – This page serves as a great way for local businesses to reach the EC student population, a great way for students to find excellent local dining, events, and activities, and a great way to bring our College and our city closer together!
The College Town, Elmira