My Name Is... Tom Quinn of Lakewood

Alameda Connects Executive Director

Posted 10/30/18

I’ve lived in Lakewood for 28 years. I came out to Colorado from Chicago, because I wanted to be near the mountains. While in Chicago I went to the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and I practiced law …

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My Name Is... Tom Quinn of Lakewood

Alameda Connects Executive Director

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I’ve lived in Lakewood for 28 years. I came out to Colorado from Chicago, because I wanted to be near the mountains. While in Chicago I went to the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and I practiced law for 28 years as a general practice lawyer.

I’ve wrote a book about a small, but significant event in the Civil War called “American Massacre” that chronicles the Fort Pillow Massacre. I think the Civil War tells a lot about America.

I served on Lakewood City Council for eight years, and it was a very positive experience. I liked working with our citizens and the other elected city council members. I finished my term in 2015, and because I was always active in the community, I decided to join the Alameda Connects, a non-profit organization that serves Lakewood’s Alameda Corridor. Today, I serve as the executive director of the organization.

Rebranding

Alameda Connects was originally called the Alameda Gateway Community Association, and it has been around for more than 20 years. We changed the name, after having a lot of conversations about what we are today. We’re not so much a place where people pass through like a gateway, but we’re a place where we connect each other. We connect our businesses, community, non-profit organizations and our elected officials.

Our vision is to create a thriving destination, and it takes all parts of our community to work together. We’re developing an arts and nature trail, and we’re doing that as part of our overall vision to create a whole new appearance for the Alameda Corridor. We want to make sure that businesses are thriving, and we’re encouraging new businesses to come in.

We have great facilities, great infrastructure, and we have a great environment here to create a new business. We’re really all about connecting, engaging and growing.

Loving Lakewood

Lakewood exemplifies a place where you can find something of everything that will draw you to the west. The first time I drove into Lakewood, I thought I knew that this is where I want to live.

We have great citizens, businesses and amenities like our trail system and bike paths. Everything came together to make Lakewood home.

If you have a suggestion for someone to interview for My Name Is... contact Joseph Rios at jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com

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