Still a good place for a still

Hickman County, Tennessee has a well-earned reputation for making moonshine, achieving the designation of “Keg Kounty”. Johnny Cash even sung about “running off the ‘shine” in his ode to Hickman County — no better endorsement than a CASH country song.

Whiskey making is still technically illegal in Hickman County until you’ve jumped through the proper hoops, so any whiskey made would be genuine moonshine (not that there is any made!) However, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law this session that makes it easier to establish a legal distillery. In a article, “Ground zero for whiskey: Law allows production of distilled spirits in state“, the new legislation is explored.

If you would like to explore locating a distillery in an area like Hickman County with a rich history of whiskey making, whether corn liquor or other distilled spirits, maybe it’s time to have a drink with an economic development expert and talk about it.

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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