A long time resident and champion of Detroit, Scott Benson has built a life around growing Detroit.
The son of two public school teachers, Scott grew up in a working class neighborhood knowing the importance of education. He went on to graduate from public schools and put himself through college with student loans and part-time work. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hampton University, obtained his Masters of Urban Planning from Wayne State University, and is a graduate of the National Naval War College.
The Armed Forces veteran served twenty-two years on active duty in the United States Coast Guard, achieving the rank of Commander. He served in two overseas deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait.
Scott has always been actively involved in his community, donating his time and money to organizations such as the International Institute of Metro Detroit, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, and the Detroit Brownsfield Redevelopment Authority. Scott sees his role in the Michigan House as an extension of a lifetime of service to his family, country, and community.
Some of Scott’s most notable achievements as a professional have been as champion of small business working in real estate/economic development in Southeast Michigan. With over 17 years experience in community development, Scott has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create jobs.
In his current position as a Small Business Development professional with Midtown Detroit, Inc., Scott provides technical assistance, financing, business plan, and real estate services to over 1,000 small businesses in Detroit’s Midtown Area
As President of Hickory Block Club, Scott leveraged $2,500 of matching grants to provide $10,000 in home improvements for block club members
Delivered over $30 million in commercial development, over 300 new jobs, and $500,000 in tax revenue annually to Detroit & Michigan.
Sought and received $750,000 in financing to a community service center which includes over 100 Head Start classroom seats, a University of Michigan technology hub, & an adult literacy program
Created a $500,000 low interest loan program for small businesses along the Mack Avenue Corridor
Scott’s major priorities as a legislator include: replacing lost jobs and creating new ones, improving access to quality education and emphasizing a focus on the STEM disciplines, helping local businesses compete in the 21st-century economy, and facilitating the creation of a regional transit authority. He will continue to work hard to maintain a balanced budget while protecting our jobs, children, education, veterans, and promoting equality.