Jim Lang, the former director of economic development in Flower Mound, has been named the first full-time director of the Argyle Municipal Development District.
Town Manager Erika McComis, in announcing the appointment, said bringing a full-time, experienced development director to Argyle will enable the community to strategically plan and implement the community's economic development growth.
"It is important we have an experienced professional advocating for our town to the many developers who see opportunity in our growing community," McComis said. "Jim will bring a perspective to the table that provides our leadership with the critical information they need to make these important decisions for Argyle's future."
Mayor Rick Bradford echoed that message, saying having a full-time director for the MDD has been a priority for the council for many years.
"The interest from developers in Argyle grows every year. We must ensure our town is growing responsibly and in a way that serves the best interest of our residents. Having a full-time MDD director means there is someone always looking out for Argyle when developers arrive," he said.
Lang, who graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in both business and law, passed the Texas bar in 1999 but went into business instead of practicing law full time. He worked with technology companies as well as developers in the DFW area.
He later spent four years as the director of economic development in Flower Mound before starting his own commercial real estate brokerage company dealing with investment property sales and site selection for business and industry
Lang, who grew up on a dairy farm, said he has had a strong connection with land from an early age and appreciates the rural character and quality of life that makes Argyle special.
"I am grateful for the trust placed in me to serve as the director of the MDD," he said. "It is an awesome responsibility. My principal goal is to be an honest and diligent intermediary between the various stakeholders while always putting the interests of the residents first. Quality is never easy but is always worth the effort."
Although Lang is a Flower Mound resident, his family has strong ties to Argyle, especially Argyle United Methodist Church, where his son attended pre-school many years ago. His son will be a junior at Argyle High School this fall.