Focus on Infrastructure for Economic Development
As I am wrapping things up here at the office and preparing to call an end to this long week, I am hopeful that all the work we are doing prepares us to be better prepared when the economy improves.
Most everyone expects an increased focus on improving infrastructure with the economic stimulus plans that have been talked about. Improved broadband access and technology accessibility and utilization is understood by and will be addressed by the new administration.
Though these transportation projects are already moving forward, increased infrastructure spending can’t help but speed up the State Route 48/100 improvement through Centerville, an intersection project on State Route 50, which connects Centerville to I-40 and I-65, and completion of SR-840, a divided four lane, limited access highway that will connect I-40 West, I-65, I-24, and I-40 East. SR-840 is in the East Hickman area and will improve our access to Franklin, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, and Chattanooga.
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.