Innovative initiatives to encourage innovation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will host the inaugural 2012 Governor’s Innovation Conference on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. The conference will provide a glimpse into the Volunteer State’s economic future through keynote addresses, panels, investor pitches and interactions with Tennessee’s investment community, technology innovators and our entrepreneurs. The conference will explore new initiatives in driving economic growth and jobs in Tennessee. The hundreds of conversations initiated at this event will become a launch pad for Tennessee’s transformational development and growth.  For more information, check out the conference website.

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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