AREA Adds Executive Vice President Scott Powell to the Team

December 5, 2022

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) — Today, the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA)  announced that Scott Powell has joined its staff as executive vice president. Scott will support and advance the execution of the recently adopted 5-year AREA 1.0 Strategic Plan, designed to establish a national identity that will attract businesses, jobs, and investment; attract, retain and align talent; and eliminate barriers to regional competitiveness.

Scott most recently served as the executive vice president of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) where he led the transformation of the 7-year-old organization into a leader in the field. In 2022, the International Economic Development Council awarded GSEC the bronze level Economic Development Organization of the Year award.

“Scott is a highly respected economic development professional who has led or preformed every core discipline in the economic development field,” stated AREA President & CEO Danielle Casey. “He understands the importance of regionalism and will be focused on AREA’s efforts to grow tradable sector jobs across the entire region.”

With more than 17 years of experience in municipal and regional economic development, he has extensive experience in business attraction, retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, redevelopment, tourism, business intelligence, strategic planning and workforce development. He was recognized by Consultant Connect as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America for 2022.

“I am extremely excited to join the AREA team. The commitment and dedication of the board, the team and regional stakeholders is tremendously impressive,” shared Scott Powell. “The competition for jobs, talent and investment will only continue to accelerate and I have no doubt that we can dramatically increase the region’s competitive position and see some big wins.”

Mr. Powell has spearheaded multiple projects resulting in the attraction and retention of over 10,000 high-paying jobs, over $1.2 billion in capital investment and the absorption of over million square feet for the communities he has represented. Mr. Powell started his economic development career in Michigan and has worked in Washington state, D.C., Arizona, Wisconsin and California.

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