Happy Labor Day! Is this the day I’m supposed to put away my white shoes and belt?
I hope everyone is enjoying this Labor Day weekend! The U.S. Department of Labor has a good statement on its website about what the day is about:
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Cheatham County certainly has a workforce that makes those contributions. Cheatham County has the 5th highest labor participation rate* at 53.9% of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. Rates for Tennessee counties ranged from 56.4% for Sevier County to 32.9% for Hancock County.
I think that not only shows the willingness of Cheatham County residents to go to work and do what it takes to maintain the skills needed for today’s jobs, but it also shows a lot of opportunity for businesses to succeed in the Cheatham County area.
*Calculated by dividing the Labor Force Estimates for July 2013 from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development by the latest population estimates (July 1, 2012) from the U.S. Census.
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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