Who is our County?

A little further along in my reading of Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City?, I thought about Hickman County and the area:

“There is a growing movement in cities around the world to invest in culture as a way of improving their reputations and spurring economic growth. The Place and Happiness Survey found that while not quite as important as physical beauty and sociability, culture and nightlife do play a significant role in place satisfaction.”
“People today have a broader view of culture than what I’ve affectionately termed the SOB –
symphony, opera, and ballet. While those cultural forms remain appealing to many, the most vibrant artistic and cultural communities combine traditional high-culture institutions with street-level art, music, and theater scenes. In a society where many people have little control over their own schedules, time has become one of our scarcest resources. Previous generations seemingly had more time for regular extracurricular activities. Today, it’s virtually impossible to plan in advance. Still, even if we lack the flexibility or freedom to fill our schedules with fun events, people like knowing they could go out and do something if they wanted to. The fact that such opportunities are there for the taking – when inspiration strikes or when family and friends come for a visit – is sufficient for many of us.”
Dr. Richard Florida, Who’s Your City?

Middle Tennessee has the physical beauty and sociability, no doubt. Nashville has the SOB — Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Ballet — as well as Vanderbilt Opera Theatre (my wife is its director), Tennessee Repertory Theatre (Equity theater), Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Grand Ole Opry, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, etc. Hickman County has the Grinders Switch Music & Arts Festival, Clay Harris Theatre, Grinders Switch Radio Hour, as well as other music, arts, cultural, and street festivals. Come enjoy Hickman County’s community investment in arts, music, and cultural events.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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