Scott Hutcheson is an economic development strategist who writes, teaches, and does research and outreach work to help civic leaders develop and implement strategies to increase economic opportunities in their communities. Scott has worked with over 300 communities across the U.S. and internationally.
With Purdue University since 1998, Scott contibutes to the work of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension. Scott holds a Ph.D. in public policy, a masters in public administration, and an undergraduate degree in communication. He is also a faculty member of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
In a former life Scott cooked in restaurant kitchens and continues his passion for food as the primary cook at home and occasionally writing about food, family, and community. His book, Home Grown Indiana: A Food Lover's Guide to Good Eating in the Hoosier State (co-authored with Indiana University professor Christine Barbour) won the 2008 Best Creative Non-Fiction Book award from the Indiana State Library.
Scott and his wife Lisa, along with their sons Henry and Oliver, live in historic Ulen, Indiana where they are slowly restoring their 1931 Tudor Revival home.