excited about INCITE!

Governor Bill Haslam announced today a $50 million initiative that will support innovation across Tennessee. Named INCITE (INnovation, Commercialization, Investment, Technology and Entrepreneurship), the goal of the initiative will be “to raise Tennessee’s profile in innovation-based economic development and drive growth in the creation of knowledge-based jobs.”

INCITE will be managed by the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development as it is one of the components of the Jobs4TN strategy that was recently announced.
For more information, check out the press release about INCITE.

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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