Another CEcD in Tennessee

Congratulations to friend and fellow economic development professional Clay Walker, CEcD on earning the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Clay is the Executive Director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency and his accomplishment was reported in yesterday’s The Tennessean.

There are only around a couple dozen of us in Tennessee who have earned the CEcD certification. Requirements for the certification are at least four years full-time economic development experience, a combination of core and elective courses accredited by IEDC and successful completion of an intensive three-part, two-day examination.

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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