Over the next few days, we'll be introducing you to some of the PCRD people who will be contributing to this blog. First on the list is Scott Hutcheson. Scott is a Senior Associate with PCRD and serves as Assistant Program Leader for Purdue Extension's Economic and Community Development program. Scott has worked in community and economic development since 1992 holding leadership positions with United Way and Thomas P. Miller & Associates. Prior to that, Scott worked in corporate training with American Airlines.
Scott has a masters degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree in communications from Tennessee Temple University. He also got really close to a PhD at Purdue but let life get in the way. Jury's still out as to whether he will go back.
Over the last few years, Scott has invested a good deal of time and energy in areas like innovation-based economic development systems and strategies, the role of the university in regional development, and entrepreneurship.
Scott maintains a parallel career as a food writer and television producer with a parallel identity as the Hungry Hoosier. Food has begun to creep into this economic development work, spending some time in developing a local foods movement in Indiana and in fostering local and regional food systems.
Scott lives in Lebanon with his lovely wife Lisa (Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mental Health America in Indiana) and their two energetic young sons, Henry and Oliver.
You can reach Scott via email anytime (seriously...anytime because his Blackberry is always on).