Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course to be held in May

Registration Underway for State Economic Development Course

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) is once again sponsoring the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) for regional, state and federal community leaders and stakeholders.

The 5th annual course is set for May 2-6 in Nashville at the AT&T Economic Development Center and the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott. TBEDC is designed for those who participate in economic development at local, state and federal levels, and focuses on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to succeed in a complex economic environment. The 40-hour course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Attendees will learn best practices in economic and community development, new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment, discuss emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economics and develop a network of fellow economic development professionals.

Course fee is $525 for those who register by April 1 ($595 after April 4), and class size is limited to 45 people. The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Participants can register at http://www.ips.tennessee.edu/ or contact TBEDC Course Director Dr. Andre Temple at andre.temple@tennessee.edu or (731) 425-4740.

The Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown is offering a special conference rate of $110 (plus tax) nightly. Make reservations by April 11 to receive the discounted rate. Call (800) 321-2211 and mention TBEDC when making the reservation (limited rooms available).

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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