Bill Thomas

. January 2, 2015.
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by Kelly Thompson

As President of the Downtown Toledo Development Corp., Bill Thomas has been heavily involved in Downtown revitalization and promotion efforts for 40 years. He has worked on projects such as Promenade Park (Summit St.) and the TARTA centralized passenger terminal building. Thomas is also known for his skill on the violin.

I do this job because: 

I have a passion for the people and projects downtown that contribute to the increasing vitality of a renewed downtown core.

 My best advice: 

Visit downtown on a weekend evening that doesn’t have a major event at Huntington Arena, Fifth Third Field or Seagate Convention Center.  Walk the sidewalks between the clubs and feel the good energy of the people on the streets.  It is different than major event nights, and has a way of inviting back to enjoy another evening.

 Then, visit downtown during the lunch hour on a weekday and count the number of people that you know walking down the street. We have community downtown.

 My biggest inspiration: 

Papa John Creach, the fiddler who played with Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna.  His musical style changed the way I think about performing today.

 My 2015 resolution: 

My 2015 resolution is to make more investors realize the value of real estate development projects in the greater downtown area.

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