Scott Benson became the LA Metropolitan Chamber’s first Director of Economic Development in early 2018. As Director, Scott is responsible for providing direct assistance to businesses across a variety of platforms, including entrepreneurial development, commercial lending, international trade, site location services, and referral to and deployment of business resources.
Scott joined the Chamber after it acquired the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council. Scott joined LAEGC in 2015 as Economic and Business Development Director after twenty years supporting Maine development initiatives on the statewide, regional and municipal levels.
Prior to joining LAEGC, Scott served as Senior Program Director for the Midcoast Economic Development District, a federally-designated development district where he oversaw regional strategy development, business lending and established a municipal consulting practice. Scott was previously Development Director for the Town of Lisbon, and Associate Development Director for the City of Augusta, two municipal positions where he focused on business retention, expansion and attraction. His duties included providing direct assistance to businesses, grant and proposal writing, and staff support to various municipal boards and committees. Scott also worked for several years as an economic development consultant with the Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, where he represented both municipal and business clients. At Eaton Peabody, Scott specialized in the design, development and implementation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts to support both private and public investment and job creation. Over his career, Scott has contributed to the establishment of more than 40 TIF districts across Maine.
Scott began his career in his home town of Brunswick, where he was instrumental in the establishment and maturation of the operations and services of the Mid-Coast Council for Business Development and Planning (MCBDP), a public-private non-profit economic and community development corporation serving the Bath-Brunswick-Topsham region.
Scott lives in Augusta with his wife Elizabeth. He is a devoted father of four and doting grandfather to two sets of twins.
Scott is a member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, and he is a certified Community Development Block Grant administrator. He is presently serving his third term on the City of Augusta’s Board of Assessment Review.