Leadership Hickman, Learn Leadership and Hickman County

In a one-person economic development shop, implementation dates often do not happen as soon as one wants. I have been working on a new format for the Leadership Hickman program and it will be ready to launch on April 17th.

A lot more flexible in the time spent on the program and a lot less costly (free), this year is a pilot, experimental, out-of-the-box-thinking class. For those who want the whole program – graduation certificate and all – the 8:00 to 12:00 Saturday April 17th orientation session at the Hickman County Career Center is required as well as 36 hours participating in the Leadership Hickman website training, discussions on Facebook, or other approved activities. Anyone else may participate in the Facebook discussions and view the website content to learn more about Hickman County.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s groundbreaking Leadership Hickman class, email me at execdir@hickmantn.org and tell me you would like to participate.

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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