Governor proposes Tennessee Promise to increase number of tech degrees and certificates

Last week, Governor Bill Haslam proposed the Tennessee Promise initiative, which would fund tuition for a 2-year degree at a Tennessee community college or a diploma at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology for high school graduates.  The program would also seek mentors to work with students to empower them to succeed.  Cheatham County in its efforts to enhance workforce development already has a team of mentors from the business community that are ready to participate in the Tennessee Promise.

Dean Barber, president/CEO of a site selection and economic development consulting firm in Texas, mentioned the governor’s Tennessee Promise initiative in his Barberbiz blog. “Two big developments in Tennessee this past week have caught my eye and could be of huge significance in terms of site selection. On the face of it, one is good (Tennessee Promise) and one is not so good,” stated Barber.

By the way, the ‘not so good’ is the impending vote by hourly workers at the Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga to be represented by the United Auto Workers.  That decision will ultimately be in the hands of a relatively few down in Chattanooga, but vastly improving the skill level of our Tennessee workforce to compete for the jobs of tomorrow can only be an asset in the competition for more expansions and locations.

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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