Arlington’s 2020 Dream Builder is Ryan Dodson
Texas Trust presents annual award at Downtown Arlington Management Corporation meeting
ARLINGTON, TX (September 28, 2020) — Arlington-based Dodson Development’s President, Ryan Dodson, was named the 2020 Downtown Arlington Dream Builder.
Texas Trust Credit Union presented the award to Dodson at the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation annual meeting.
Dodson began laying the groundwork for a vibrant downtown Arlington in the early 1990s with the redevelopment of the 300 block of Abram Street, which brought in a unique mix of restaurants, bars, and retail establishments.
Over the past 20 years, Dodson has worked with the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation to transform the area by bringing in multi-family residential complexes, which added hundreds of new residents to downtown Arlington, and developing the Urban Union.
The first phase of the Urban Union transformed 70,000 square feet of existing industrial buildings into creative, adaptive mixed-use space that attracted a variety of businesses, restaurants, and office space. Phase II of the Urban Union, which is also being led by Dodson, will break ground later this year and further add to the vibrancy of downtown Arlington.
Today, more than 8,000 people work in downtown Arlington and its more than 10,000 residents enjoy the growing entertainment and commercial center, offering amenities and attractions from restaurants and live music venues to offices, apartments, and townhomes.
Texas Trust Credit Union conceived the Dream Builder award in 2016 as a way to honor citizens who have a significant and positive impact on the downtown Arlington community. Debi Knoblock, Assistant Vice President for Business and Community Engagement at Texas Trust, presented the Dream Builder award.
“Ryan Dodson had the foresight to take risks long before it was cool to invest in downtown Arlington. His vision and efforts have paid off with the creation of hundreds of new jobs, increased sales and property tax revenues, and a revitalized neighborhood. All of that has contributed to Arlington becoming the American Dream City,” said Knoblock.
Dodson is the fifth Dream Builder award recipient. Past recipients were Terry Bertrand, Lana Wolff, Tom Cravens, and Patti Diou.
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Debi Knoblock from Texas Trust Credit Union presented the 2020 Dream Builder Award to Ryan Dodson, along with Maggie Campbell, President and CEO of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.
About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust Credit Union has been helping build brighter financial futures since its modest beginning in 1936. Today, the full-service credit union serves more than 137,000 members. With assets of more than $2 billion, Texas Trust is the 7th largest credit union in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas. With a focus on the community, Texas Trust is creating a legacy of giving through generous financial donations that support local school programs and activities, non-profit organizations, and student scholarships; and by providing volunteer resources through its Community Unity team, which supports scores of charitable events each year.