Through Scott’s strength as a coalition builder, he has implemented strategies while promoting innovation, opportunity, and growth.
Scott is passionate about business and community development, and he excels in collaboration and bringing together diverse groups of people to accomplish important tasks.
Executive Director, Non-Profit Development
Scott served as Executive Director of a non-profit development corporation charged with the challenge of revitalizing a Downtown Little Rock neighborhood. The historic neighborhood suffered from years of decay and blight due to suburban flight, 90’s gang activity and tornadoes that ripped through the downtown area in 1999.
Through a collaborative partnership with the University of Arkansas School of Architecture, the non-profit, and the Pettaway Community, Scott helped to introduce quality design and a value proposition that was unique to this neighborhood, thus turning the tides, drawing new interest in homeownership.
All of this occurring during a time when the US was experiencing the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression and with a target market of first-time home buyers’ whose income was 80% below the median, most of whom had bad credit. The partnership lasted three years, constructed 3 Design Build Homes in the neighborhood, and became one of the several catalysts for starting the revitalization engine for the Pettaway Community.
The partnership lasted three years, constructed 3 Design Build Homes in the neighborhood, and became one of the several catalysts for starting the revitalization engine for the Pettaway Community.
Program Manager/City Planner, City of Conway
Scott went on to serve the City of Conway as the Program Manager for Community Development where he oversaw city projects funded by Community Development Block Grant Funds. Scott successfully negotiated the acquisition of the Conway Scrap Metal property along Markham Street while coordinating environmental studies and collaborating with the EPA and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to manage Brownfield requirements for site cleanup.
After this arduous process is completed, the area will be repurposed for park space and stormwater mitigation plans paving the way for future economic and redevelopment initiatives along this vital Conway corridor. Scott spearheaded a team effort to write the JumpStart Grant to Metro Plan which resulted in a $200,000 grant for design and implementation strategies to further the Markham Street community and economic development efforts.
In 2013 he was named the City of Conway Employee of the Year in large part for these accomplishments. Scott also developed a public and private partnership with a real estate development company through community placemaking efforts to redevelop a full block in a blighted Conway neighborhood.
The redevelopment is underway and will contain a mixed use of single family housing, commercial and office space utilizing a pocket neighborhood design that will achieve more efficient land use thus improving the built environment and strengthening the community through quality design.
Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance, President
In December 2012, Scott volunteered to be the City of Conway liaison for a watershed project being facilitated by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Metroplan (a regional metro planning organization) through an EPA grant to develop an Urban Watershed Plan for the City of Conway.
This plan was in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Arkansas Natural Resource Commission (ANRC), State Representatives, Senators, local landowners and concerned citizens from within the watershed. In 2014, the Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance was formed for the purpose of completing a regional plan for identifying priorities within the watershed that need to be addressed for its protection.
Scott was elected President of the Board upon its formation in 2015. Since then, the organization has raised $60,000 in funding for furthering their mission, partnered with the Drain Smart program in Little Rock, Eco-Fest in Conway, and working on water monitoring initiatives in Lake Conway.
Achievements and Affiliations
Community Development Institute, 3-year certification of completion, 2010
“The Community Development Institute (CDI) began at the University of Central Arkansas in 1987, with the goal of equipping community leaders and economic development professionals with the tools and strategies they needed to create vibrant, successful communities. Thirty years later, CDI is still the go-to resource for training.” https://uca.edu/cdi/cdis-story/
Triumph Award in Community Development, 2010
Each year the Arkansas Coalition for Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE) hosts an awards banquet, representing organizations from around the State who champion affordable housing efforts. The Triumph Award was presented to the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation for their innovative partnership with the University of Arkansas School of Architecture Design Build Program to implement revitalization strategies in the Pettaway Neighborhood of downtown Little Rock. Scott was serving as the Executive Director during this initiative.
Vice-President, Southside Main Street (SoMa), 2010-2012
SoMa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the South Main Street District in Little Rock. Through the annual Mardi-Gras parade and other local events, they promote economic development for the area. Scott has worked collaboratively with the organization during his tenure as Executive Director of the DLRCDC allowing SoMa and other nonprofits in the area to capitalize on the efforts of the DLRCDC.
This greatly increased the results of the economic development efforts in the area. SoMa now is a growing district with many new businesses such as Boulevard Bread, the Root Cafe, Oxford American, and many more. In just six years, this area went from dilapidated to flourishing due to the public/private efforts of Scott and many more people working together.
Community Development Institute, Program Presenter, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Presenter of Affordable Housing and Revitalization Strategies to 3rd-year students at the University of Central Arkansas Community Development Institute. (UCA-CDI)
University of Central Arkansas – Community Development Institute, Advisory Board
Scott serves on the Advisory Board of the UCA-CDI to assist in program development and promotion of CDI.
Employee of the Year, City of Conway, 2013, 2014
Each year the employees in Conway City Hall vote to select one of their own to be awarded the Employee of the Year.
Arkansas Community Development Association, Vice President 2015-Present
ACDA is an affiliation of Cities around the State of Arkansas who receive direct assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program. The association furthers education and collaboration among municipalities for the effective utilization of these federal grant dollars.
Central Arkansas Real Estate Investors Association, President, 2006, 2007
Central Arkansas Real Estate Investors Association is a group of individuals and companies who invest in real estate around central Arkansas. The purpose was to network and promote updates on strategies in real estate development, as well as important policy changes that impact investing.