Scott Powell has over seventeen years of experience in municipal and regional economic development and has led and managed every aspect of the profession, including business attraction, retention, expansion, entrepreneurship, redevelopment, tourism, business intelligence, strategic planning, and inclusive workforce development. Scott was recognized by Consultant Connect as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America for 2022.
Mr. Powell has led and managed multiple projects resulting in the attraction and retention of over 15,000 high-paying jobs, over $1.5 billion in capital investment, and the absorption of over one million square feet for the communities he has represented. He has negotiated over $130 million of incentives ranging from job training grants, tax abatements, forgivable loans, and private activity bonds.
Scott is an Air Force brat and has lived in ten states throughout his life. He started his economic development career in Michigan and spent the majority of his economic development career in Arizona and California. Before his career in economic development, Mr. Powell was a registered representative with a large mutual fund company and held multiple security licenses. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Arizona State University, a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University, and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.