AMESBURY – The Community Economic Development department is getting some badly needed reinforcement as Mayor Thatcher Kezer announced the hiring of Bill Scott as the city’s new Deputy Director of Community Economic Development.
Scott, a resident of Newburyport, is the current Community Development Director for Salem, N.H., where he has worked since 2001. He has also worked in North Andover and Newburyport and has over 25 years of professional economic development experience to his name.
Kezer touted Scott’s hiring as a coup for Amesbury and added that he expects Scott will ultimately succeed Joe Fahey as Community Economic Development Director. He said finding someone with top-notch economic development credentials was among his top priorities, and the fact that Scott is familiar with the area was an added bonus.
“We were looking for someone with a lot of economic development skills, rather than just planning skills,” Kezer said. “We had a lot of people with planning backgrounds apply, but we were looking for a guy that got big projects done.”
While in Salem, Scott oversaw the economic development of a community that has a population of nearly 30,000 and over 6 million square feet of commercial property. He also utilized grant funds to retrofit three fire stations with LED lighting, instituted a computerized traffic system and managed the creation of a fiber network for municipal buildings to eliminate T1 networking costs.
In North Andover, where he worked in multiple capacities from 1996 to 2001, he established a Master Plan, Tax Increment Financing plans and served as the project manager for the community’s new youth center and senior center, which were funded through donations and grant funds.
Scott was also instrumental in many major development efforts in Newburyport between 1989 and 1996, including the creation of the Firehouse Civic Center, the reestablishment of the CDBG grant programs and improvements for the Cashman Park ramp and Fish Pier. He also obtained $1.8 million in funds for the Newburyport Police Station.