More connections, posts and lots of hits to come

I have been a user (maybe not the most proficient one) of social media for quite a while — Facebook, Twitter, blogs and LinkedIn to name a few.  Professionally, I have found this blog and LinkedIn have returned the most for my investment of time and money.  They have helped communicate my and my community’s message related to economic development and helped me stay connected to a great network of professionals.

At the beginning of 2014, I find myself approaching milestones with both my Tennessee Economic Development blog and my LinkedIn profile.  I am up to 994 posts on this blog, only 5 more after this one posts to break 1,000.  On LinkedIn, I am up to 499 connections.  With my next connection, my profile will display the “500+”.  There are a lot of great friends in that group of professionals and a value everyone in my network.



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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