Economic Development and Capital Investment

Jim Parajon
Deputy City Manager
Jim Parajon

Jim Parajon has been with the City of Arlington since 2006.

He has almost three decades of experience as a professional planner with an extensive technical and management background. Jim has managed the short and long-range activities of large multi-disciplined consultant firms and municipal organizations, advised elected officials and local government staff on development, design, transportation and growth policies, and conducted training workshops for interest groups, the business community, and professionals on a regional and national level.

Currently, Jim serves the City of Arlington as the deputy city manager for Economic Development and Capital Investment. In this capacity, he oversees the Arlington Municipal Airport, Planning & Development Services, Economic Development, the Convention Center, Water Utilities, Information Technology and Public Works & Transportation. Jim also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Texas at Arlington.

Prior to his current role, Jim served Arlington as the Community Development and Planning Director. In this position, he was responsible for the management of real estate services, planning, the Arlington Housing Authority, civil engineering, federal grant programs, natural gas well functions, development services and building inspections functions. In 2014, Jim was recently elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Jim has previously worked for Raleigh, NC, and Cary, NC. His experience also includes almost a dozen years managing planning functions for large private consulting firms including URS and Buchart Horn, Inc, in the northeast region.

Jim is a graduate of Dickinson College and completed his Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on a variety of planning topics.