Patrick McMahon figured he'd work with Project Future for three, maybe
five, years when the agency opened in 1982 as the fruit of a broad
community exercise, the Long Range Economic Development Planning
Three decades later, closing down Project Future at the end of 2011,
McMahon carried his green-covered "Consensus for the '80s" binder to
his new office on the third floor of the University of Notre Dame's
The same economic development forces -- especially a trend to
regionalization -- that left the single-county agency inadequate
spurred the creation of his program director for technology
commercialization job under Notre Dame's vice president for research.
"My assignments will all be related to helping create an effective
pathway for ideas and concepts embedded in faculty members and
research out into the community," McMahon says.
He will also spend one-fifth of his time working with the Chamber of
Commerce of St. Joseph County, which has assumed the ongoing
local-level responsibilities once managed by Project Future.
McMahon led the agency from the days when fax machines and car phones