Discretion is the better part…

From the sculpture Winged Victory of Samothrace to the quote “Discretion is the better part of valor”, that dude Anonymous is one prolific, creative guy and not one to toot his own horn — why I don’t even know his first name. There are a lot of people like that that help out economic development in any community with quality of place. Professionals maintaining discretion to allow an existing industry or industrial prospect to implement their decision making process. Community leaders giving of their time to attend meetings to shape a community’s sustainable future. Sustainable economic development is a marathon relay, a race that one may be called on to pick up a dropped baton, run a good race, be willing to hand off the baton, cheer the runner of the next leg on to a victory, and be willing to accept the humble title of “Anonymous”.

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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