Planning and Landscape Architecture
For over 30 years, James 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, James serves as the Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Capital Investment. In this capacity, he oversees the Arlington Municipal Airport, Planning and Development Services, Economic Development, the Water Utilities Department, the Convention Center, the Department of Information Technology and Department of Public Works. James also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas at Arlington.
From 2006-2014, James served as the Community Development and Planning Director for the City of Arlington. As Director, 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, James was recently elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Previously, James was employed by the City of Raleigh, North Carolina as the Assistant Planning Director. He was responsible for managing Strategic Planning initiatives which consists of land use planning, comprehensive planning, economic development, the urban design center, annexation, information technology, geographic information systems, and the city’s growth management and development policy research and analysis needs for North Carolina’s capital city.
From 1997-2004, James worked for the Town of Cary, North Carolina, a community of 115,000 residents adjacent to the Research Triangle. James’s responsibilities included growth management initiatives, land use planning, affordable housing programs, open space/environmental preservation plans, and multi-modal transportation system development for one of the top places in America for families and business.
James’s 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. During that time, James was able to expand the market share of these firms for transportation and planning related projects.
Parajon is a graduate of Dickinson College (1985) and completed his Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1987). 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.