(April 25, 2018) A familiar face has a new role in Frisco. Ron Patterson is now president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC). Patterson, who has been serving as Interim President since December, served as one of Frisco’s Assistant City Managers since 2007. He was promoted to his new role April 1.
“I’m excited to serve our (Frisco) citizens in a new way,” said Ron Patterson, president, FEDC. “It’s a great privilege and I’m very humbled to have this opportunity. “Consistent vision and reliable leadership from our city councils, past and present, as well as our city manager, George Purefoy, are cornerstones for our success.”
“Ron’s excellent negotiation skills and utmost integrity combined with his knowledge of government operations makes him uniquely qualified to be president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation,” said George Purefoy, City Manager. “Given his knowledge of Frisco, as well as our stakeholders and influencers, he’s able to immediately hit the ground running.”
As an assistant city manager, Patterson has had a leadership role in city capital projects, as well as public-private development projects including the Ford Center at the Star, a multi-use event center and indoor athletic facility; and the National Soccer Hall of Fame, now under construction, adjacent to Toyota Stadium.
Craig Moen, Chairman, Frisco Economic Development Corporation, says selecting Patterson for the permanent FEDC president position will have an immediate, positive impact on the board’s business approach as it works to refine its strategic focus.
“Ron’s organizational skills, plus his city government experience and existing relationships are invaluable to our corporation’s continuing success,” said Moen.
Moen says the ‘corporation’ will market Frisco more holistically while emphasizing development along the entire stretch of the Dallas North Tollway (DNT), between S.H. 121 and U.S. 380. Frisco’s ‘urban spine’, as identified in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, will be branded using Frisco’s ‘North Platinum Corridor’.
“Frisco’s dynamic, urban-style developments stretch beyond a single-mile segment,” said Moen, Chairman, FEDC.
“We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the past two decades, but as our city evolves we’re at a pivotal point in commercial development. We’ve posed the question before -- but our fast-paced growth and development amid changing trends and technologies prompts us to ask it again, ‘what do we want to look like when we grow up?’”
“Our vision for Frisco is to be an innovative, entrepreneurial, ‘best in class’ community for all generations,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “As a full life-cycle community, we want to provide high quality of life, exceptional services at the best value for our residents and businesses. An aggressive, yet thoughtful and strategic approach to economic development will help us achieve those goals. We’re confident Ron (Patterson) is the best person to lead those efforts.”
Patterson says he’s committed to the city vision and is dedicated to bringing high paying jobs to Frisco. “Working with a great team, I hope to build upon Frisco’s reputation as an innovative dealmaker,” said Patterson.
Patterson has worked in city government more than thirty years, which includes his initial service to the City of Frisco from 1993 – 2000 plus two jobs as a city manager in other Texas communities. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelors in Public Administration; he completed his Master of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. Patterson served 23 years in the United States Air Force / Texas Air National Guard. He has been married 32 years and has two daughters.
Prior to Patterson’s interim president position, Jim Gandy served as FEDC president. Gandy retired in November 2017 following 21 years of service.