Nattering Nabob of Positivity

Especially for counties with extremely tight marketing budgets, any kind of mention in the media has a big impact on our image, relatively speaking. Getting positive mentions like these in BusinessWeek and in yesterday’s press release by ERSI, the geographic information systems industry leader, titled “ESRI to Demonstrate Broadband Mapping Application on Capital Hill“, costs little more than getting out there and working hard for Hickman County. There are a lot of us working in Hickman County for economic development — sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, and sometimes we get rained out.

Though the Hickman County I D B is sidelined for the moment, Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association and the Industrial Development Board of the Town of Centerville are still on the job ready, willing, and able to serve our community.

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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