Happy New Year!!!

December 31, 2008

As I sit at my desk on the last afternoon of work in 2008, I am thinking about that even during the past 12 months of recessionary economic times, we have a lot to be thankful for from 2008 and a lot of work to do in 2009. Industry attraction was tough, but a lot of people have given us a look and I feel that we continue to communicate our great labor force, transportation accessibility, and quality of place. In 2009, we will continue to plan our strategy and work toward making Hickman County an even better place to live, work, and do business.

Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association wishes you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a most healthy and prosperous 2009!!!

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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