Politics & Professional Development

I just made it home after a windy, but scenic drive from Kingsport, Tennessee where I attended the Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) Fall Conference. One of the features of this conference was a brief speech and question & answer session from each of eight of the nine announced Republican and Democratic candidates seeking the Tennessee Governor’s office in 2010. Maintaining a focus on job creation and a continued quest for improving the skills of our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow were recurring themes from an impressive group of gubernatorial candidates. For an article on the first full day of the conference published in the Kingsport Times-News, click here.

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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