The writing is not quite on the wall. Please don’t make Jenny change her number (867-5309).

Our Nashville area is growing and we are running out of telephone numbers in the 615 area code geography.  The choices are splitting the area now with 615 into approximately half of the population (telephone numbers, not people) and allowing one half to keep the 615 area code and the other half wandering in the wilderness updating contact information, ordering new business cards, editing websites, missing calls, etc.  The other option is to let everyone with a 615 area code keep using it, but all new numbers in the area receiving the newest area code.  The drawback to this option is that everyone would need to “dial” the area code.  With portability of phone numbers, mobile phones, programmable contact lists, etc., is that such a problem? Wouldn’t ‘the big drawback’ be as easy as ABC… or really 615?

In the spirit of our democracy, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority is asking you, yes you, for your opinion on the TRA Area Code 615 Number Exhaustion Survey.

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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