Director of Economic Development and Strategy for Boynton Beach Speaks at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event

David E. Scott, Director of Economic Development and Strategy for the City of Boynton Beach, was a guest speaker at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event sponsored by FAU, FIU and NSU and the ICMA student chapters at FAU and FIU on March 1, 2018.

David E. Scott, the Director of Economic Development and Strategy for the City of Boynton Beach, leads the City’s efforts to promote a healthy and vibrant economy and community through locally-based, regionally-driven economic development. His topic is: Building Wealth in the community. Building a sustainable economic development strategy
requires that the City empower the residents of Boynton Beach as active participants in the ongoing economic development of their neighborhoods; creating a legacy of sustainable community wealth that benefits all its citizens. The Community Outreach team will aim to ensure that residents benefit from any development or redevelopment initiative, and that publicly subsidized projects effectively address community needs by creating job and job training opportunities, workforce development, fair access and support for local small and minority owned businesses to pursue related contracts, environmental justice, minimized local business displacement and adequate workforce housing. This in turn will enable residents to purchase and retain housing and thus become stronger stakeholders in the community. Community organization and engagement will be crucial. We will seek to link the community with resources that will assist in galvanizing the combined efforts of residents, through Neighborhood Economic Development strategies that engage community organizations, businesses, and faith-based, financial, and educational institutions; focused on providing technical assistance and financial support for community revitalization, and incubator assistance for small business development and entrepreneurs.