Independence and Revitalization Celebrations

I was just looking at my calendar and it seems my work week especially light on appointments. I would expect that a lot of folks are taking vacation during the Fourth of July week. I’m looking forward to being home Saturday, July 4th, as we celebrate our country’s independence with our friends in our neighborhood.

Unfortunately, I will be traveling the next weekend and will be unable to attend the celebration on Saturday, July 11th commemorating the completion of the latest phase of the Downtown Centerville revitalization. As part of the festivities, this year’s Leadership Hickman Class has organized the burial of a time capsule in the lawn in front of the Hickman County Justice Center (former site of the Hickman County High School and Fairview Academy). The class gathered artifacts from across the county, including essays from students at East Hickman and Centerville. I will be far from Hickman County that day, but my thoughts for a more happy and prosperous community in the future will be with them.

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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