bryan livingston - Town Council, Place 1

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Purpose

Argyle has immediate and long-term challenges that require thoughtful solutions. 


The biggest problem we must address is building and maintaining road infrastructure that can handle a rapid buildup of traffic volume. The town’s approach to planning and executing road repairs and maintenance needs attention. Specifications that work for our difficult soil conditions and allow the town to better qualify contractors rather than being captive to the low bidder are a good first step. Road repair consumes a large share of Argyle’s infrastructure funding capacity and is a key driver of bond debt, which has climbed rapidly over the last decade to north of $6 million. We must realize commercial development with a strong retail component to increase annual tax receipts to the point where we can fund road repair and reconstruction while retiring bond debt.

 

We must also reinforce our form-based development code and partner with developers who will respect it. Argyle has a relatively small amount of land that is available for commercial development while honoring our commitment to preserving the rural charm of the town. Our opportunities for successful commercial development projects are limited. Win-win master planned development will not happen if the town is forced to react to developer proposals. 


Finally, we are voting in the next election to replace the Economic Development Corporation with a Municipal Development District, which is a first step toward a regional approach to fostering commercial development by partnering with Northlake, City of Denton and Denton County. The MDD will allow Argyle to immediately benefit from sales tax collected in our Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. Argyle will also be the first jurisdiction in Denton County to adopt this innovative development model, positioning Argyle as a leader and innovator in regional development. 

Biography

Bryan is managing partner and CEO of Capital Alliance Corporation, an investment banking firm focused on middle market mergers & acquisitions. CAC is the Dallas office of global investment banking group Oaklins International. He also leads the Oaklins International Construction and Engineering Services industry group and serves as VP for North America, Oaklins International. 


He began his professional career as a U.S. Navy Submarine Force officer after completing nuclear power training. A 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Bryan holds an MBA in business administration and international marketing from George Washington University. 


Bryan and his wife Barbara are the parents of three daughters, who are all graduates of Argyle HS. Molly went on to UCLA, earning her degree in 2019. Identical twins Audrey and Chloe are studying at the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University. Argyle ISD has enriched the life of their family, through involvement in band (Bryan is a veteran of the prop crew and Barb was an active band booster), theater, UIL academics and Argyle Tennis. The Livingston family is grateful for the small-town environment and the culture of achievement in sports, academics and the arts that Argyle ISD and the Town of Argyle provided.


Bryan has been a dedicated community leader in North Texas for almost two decades. In 2002, he became President of the University Place Neighborhood Association in Fort Worth, a voluntary civic association that waged a multi-year effort to preserve a single-family bungalow neighborhood near the TCU campus targeted by real estate investors and the university. Under Bryan’s leadership, UPNA was ultimately successful, and their effort became a model for the preservation of established neighborhoods in Fort Worth.


Bryan was also a key citizen negotiator on the team that created landmark natural gas lease agreements put in place for Barnett Shale urban drilling. His strong leadership of UPNA led to his recognition by Historic Fort Worth in 2006 for his dedication to the preservation of the quality of life for citizens living in the city’s urban neighborhoods. 


Bryan’s community involvement also includes serving as the president of a private school board and in church council leadership positions.


When Bryan, his wife Barbara, and their three daughters moved to Argyle in 2012, he became an active volunteer-leader in the town, taking a specific interest in the zoning and development issues that impact public safety and the quality of life of Argyle citizens. Bryan’s involvement as a citizen of Argyle and his leadership experience led to an appointment to the Town Council in October 2019.


He has been effective as an advocate for citizens. Above all, Bryan values civility, transparency and due process in the deliberation of public issues.


Bryan now wishes to extend a history of leadership and service by seeking election this spring. He offers a proven ability to help develop solutions for the challenges that the town is currently facing.