Retail Development – Test… Test… Is this thing on?

For optimum results, retail development as an economic development effort takes a collaborative effort from economic development professionals, government officials, landowners, developers, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals and the community. We tried this a couple of years ago without gaining much momentum — quickly becoming an STP effort (the Same Two to three People). The almost-eternal optimist, I have arranged for TVA Economic Development’s retail expert, Chuck Marquis, to make his Consumer Connection Retail Development presentation on September 23rd to those interested in retail in the county and let’s see what develops. Hosted by Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association and the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Marquis and I will make a presentation geared to the Centerville trade areas from 8:00 to 10:00am at the Hickman County Career Center and a presentation geared to the East Hickman trade areas from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Community Room of the Community First Bank East Hickman Branch. It is early, but you have a chance to mark your calendar. Please RSVP to so that we will have adequate accommodations.

Retail development is not just about attracting ‘chain’ retailers. There is even more returns from supporting existing retailers and assisting local entrepreneurs in starting and sustaining local business. This presentation introduces how a community can support retail development and how local retailers can become more profitable.

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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