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Scott Powell, EDFP

Executive Vice President

Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA)


Scott Powell is the incoming executive vice president for the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance. With more than 17 years of experience in municipal and regional economic development, he has led and managed every aspect of the profession and business attraction, retention, expansion, entrepreneurship, redevelopment, tourism, business intelligence, strategy planning and workforce development. He was recognized by Consultant Connect as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America for 2022.

Most recently, Scott 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.

Mr. Powell has led and managed 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, DC, Arizona, Wisconsin and California.

He received his bachelor’s in economics from Arizona State University, a master’s in public administration from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). He has been married to his wife Allison for over 20 years and has a daughter, dog and two rambunctious guinea pigs.

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