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Scott Benson is a Detroit City Councilman who represents Detroit’s 3rd District.  Councilman Benson is an Urban Planner by training with a long background in real estate and community development in Southeastern Michigan. 

Scott has 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, municipal planning, and the community and economic development industries. Mr. Benson’s most recent experience, prior to being elected to Detroit’s City Council, is with Midtown Detroit, Inc. where he managed small business development in Detroit’s Midtown area by providing technical assistance, financial packaging, marketing support, business plan development and façade grants. Scott was responsible for over $30 million in development, the creation of over 300 direct jobs and 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space on Detroit’s Eastside.

Scott has spent time in the nonprofit, military, public and private sectors managing and facilitating small, large and international projects. He is a graduate of Wayne State University, Hampton University, the National Defense University and the US Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School.  He is the National President of the Democratic Municipal Officials and an Executive Committee member of the Democratic National Committee.  He holds a certificate of Professional Development in Finance from Wharton School of Business, is a Wharton Executive Education Aresty Scholar and is a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Fellow in the Senior Executive in State and Local Government program.  

Scott currently serves, and has served on several boards and committees such as:

  • Executive Committee, Democratic National Committee

  • Past National President: Democratic Municipal Officials

  • Detroit Green Task Force

  • SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments)

  • Detroit Greenways Coalition

  • Tour de Troit Board

  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

  • Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

  • Kiva, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Community Legal Resources

  • City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority’s Community Advisory Committee

  • Northeast Guidance Center’s Real Estate Committee

  • Shore Bank Enterprise Façade Grant Loan Committee 

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