An urban revitalization professional, who helped plan and guide Asbury Park’s rebirth, will become the next Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) executive director. Thomas Gilmour, who served as Asbury Park’s Director of Economic Development, will take the reins of TDA beginning June 6.
“After an extensive search process, the Board is pleased to have found an outstanding individual to lead our important community organization,” said Clark Martin, chair of the TDA Board of Directors. “Tom’s deep knowledge and experience in urban revitalization make him the right person to steward and build upon TDA’s successful record.”
During his many years with Asbury Park, Gilmour spearheaded the business attraction efforts that have been key to that city’s resurgence. His accomplishments have included building partnerships between government, business and civic organizations, while also addressing the needs of small businesses and enhancing the overall business environment. Since 2002, Gilmour has played a leadership role in both economic development and the marketing of Asbury Park as that city sought to become a year-round destination. He became known as its “Champion of Tourism” and was responsible for the administration of its Urban Enterprise Zone, grant-writing, and festival management.
“I’m honored to be selected to lead the work of this organization,” said Gilmour. “Business Improvement Districts are a proven tool to provide the strategy and focus needed to attract investment and entrepreneurs, and I am looking forward to getting started.”
Gilmour earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University. He was awarded the 2006 New Jersey State Public Service Award from Governor Jon Corzine.
The Trenton Downtown Association manages Trenton’s Downtown Business Improvement District. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by ordinance of the City of Trenton for the purpose of promoting commerce, economic renewal and tourism in the district.