Opening keynote speaker for UT Dallas PM Symposium to describe project around new Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Frisco, Texas


Frisco Assistant Mayor to discuss massive new mixed use development project associated with Dallas Cowboys and other public-private partnership projects

20 June 2014 – Richardson, Texas, USA – An exciting opening keynote speaker and topic have been announced for the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held during August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The2 Day UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held in the NaveenJindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA will kick off on Thursday morning with a presentation on the billion $ mixed-use real estate development in Frisco, Texas for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.  The theme of the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Maximizing the Value of Project Management”.  Registration is open; for information click here.

140620-pmwj24-cowboys-IMAGEThe keynote presentation will feature Frisco Assistant City Manager Ron Patterson, the man in the middle of this exciting development project. The title of Mr. Patterson’s presentation to the UT Dallas symposium will be “Public-Private Partnerships Create Opportunity – Case in Point:  A Multi-Use Events Center, High School Sports Facility, Cowboys Practice Facility and Headquarters: Achieving more than the sum of their parts

Ron Patterson is an Assistant City Manager with the City of Frisco, Texas where he works in a collaborative environment on public-private partnerships between the city and various other public and private entities.  Ron started his city service career with the City of Carrollton before moving to Frisco.  This is his second time to serve the citizens of Frisco where he previously served for eight years and has now completed another seven years.  He served as city manager for seven years in other communities in Texas.

Ron also served in the United States Air Force and Texas Air National Guard for twenty-three years serving in logistics, combat communications, congressional liaison and command roles. Ron graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and completed his Master of Public Administration at the University of North Texas.  Ron has been married for twenty-nine years to Taylor and has two daughters 14 and 20.

According to Ron’s abstract, the City of Frisco has used numerous tools to create a diversified tax base that is supported by major retail developments, office parks and mixed use developments thus maintaining a low tax rate for its residential and commercial citizens.  Additionally, Frisco has become known for its sports centric developments and even been named “The Best Place to Raise an Athlete”.  These developments have been achieved through a series of public-private partnerships that have created a thriving sports related market.  We will explore some of the past partnership projects but focus on the most recent project that is currently underway with our many partners which include the Frisco Independent School District, the Frisco Community Development Corporation, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, our neighboring property ownership, and of course the Dallas Cowboys.

The UT Dallas symposium will include an Opening Ceremony with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 40 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception, keynote presentations by representatives of IPMA and PMI on Friday morning, and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending.  Early registration with best price extends until 14 July 2014; discounted group pricing is also available. To register, see keynote speakers, view presenters’ abstracts and for additional information, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, plan to attend this world class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education division of the UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World also produces and maintains the PM World Library, a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.