Tennessee Trails and Byways

If you are visiting Nashville this summer, take an excursion down the Nashville’s Trace Trail: Backstage to Backroads. One of the loops on this trail (don’t worry, it’s all paved highways), takes you to Hickman County, the birthplace of some of that Nashville (and other) music. Opry star Minnie Pearl, fiddlers Howdy Forrester and Paul Warren, jazz musician Dicky Wells, lyricist Beth Slater Whitson (“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”) and other talent came from Hickman County. (And, there is a lot of musical and artistic talent still performing there!) The Man in Black, Johnny Cash had a home here for many years and even wrote and recorded a song about his home outside Nashville, “Saturday Night in Hickman County”.

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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