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Wayne Emerson

Director of Economic Development | City of Denton

As an Economic Developer, Wayne strives to create wealth and job opportunities for all citizens through inclusive development. Whether expanding the tax base or providing access to housing, he works diligently to foster economic growth into the future.

Prior to coming to Denton, he brought sustainable development to the City of Dallas as the manager of the City's Property Assessed Clean Energy program. He also provided affordable housing as a Tax Increment Financing District manager.

In Allen, Wayne and the Allen Economic Development Corporation proved the market and delivered Class A office amongst walkable mixed-use districts.

Before working in economic development, he gained a passion and understanding of urban development and economic theory as a geography and economics teacher in the Irving Independent School District. He also served in the US Army as a military journalist, including a deployment to Iraq as a public affairs officer.

He is a proud University of North Texas alum, where he studied History. Later at the University of Texas at Austin, he earned a Master's in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business. He also holds a certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.