IGNITE Steering Committee members celebrate after a successful IGNITE the Winter in 2014.

IGNITE the Winter
An annual winter festival held in conjunction with the March First Friday event downtown, IGNITE the Winter features a chili and comfort food cook-off, ice sculpture, live music, beer and wine sales and lots of family-friendly activities. Learn more.

IGNITE the Vote
The IGNITE the Vote campaign is built on our mission of connecting, engaging and involving Cayuga County ’s younger population by informing them about local election candidates, their platforms and the issues our community is facing. Our nonpartisan approach provides various opportunities for voters to gather the information they need to make informed decisions about who would best represent them. The ultimate goal is to convey the message that local elections matter and each vote counts. Learn more.

IGNITE Holiday Party
An annual celebration of the wonderful relationships and partnerships that IGNITE creates and enjoys throughout the year. Each year, the Holiday Party is held at a local business and all proceeds are donated to a local charity that helps local people.

IGNITE Ambassadors
If you are new to the area, IGNITE’s young professionals ambassador program will help acquaint you with Cayuga County. Simply fill out our simple online form or contact the Chamber to get started. Learn more.


New signs on Genesee Street and Lake Avenue welcome visitors to Auburn. IGNITE secured a $3,000 grant toward the project.

Gateway Makeover
In summer 2012, IGNITE worked with the Auburn Beautification Commission to install two new gateway signs — one on Genesee Street and the other on Lake Avenue — in Auburn. IGNITE secured $3,000 in matching fund grants to support the project. Learn more.

Second Tuesday Events:
Social gatherings are held every second Tuesday of the month. Most are held at local businesses within the region. This helps young professionals become
acquainted with one another, as well as with all their community has to offer. Some Second Tuesday events in the past have been held at:

  • Harriet Tubman Home
  • Osteria Salina
  • WildforYogurt
  • 4 Tin Fish Farm
  • Casey Park
  • Creation Station
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Welch Allyn
  • Green Shutters