2009 Governor’s Housing Summit

I will be attending the 2009 Governor’s Housing Summit today and tomorrow. Organized by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, the Housing Summit focuses on adequate, affordable housing in our dynamic economy. Plenary sessions and workshops will concentrate on success stories, best practices, financing options, and economic analysis. Housing is not only an important component of community development, but also economic development experts agree that having a adequate supply of housing for all socioeconomic groups makes a community attractive for prospective industry. Retail and industrial site prospects see a good mix of quality housing as an indicator of quality of place. They also want a place that their labor pool can afford to live comfortably in a community — from the CEO and other C-level people to the entry-level hourly workers.
Not only will Hickman County be represented, but I’ll probably see one or two representatives from communities that have earned the higher tiers of the Tennessee Three-Star Certification.

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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