Tennessee Promise

Attention Tennessee high school seniors, next Monday, August 18th, the Tennessee Promise scholarship application will be online.  This is a last-dollar scholarship the covers all tuition and fees remaining after Pell and other scholarships to Tennessee community colleges or to a Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  www.tnAchieves.org.

Over 30,000 students are expected to apply.  A part of the Tennessee Promise program assigns each student with a trained mentor to help pave the way for success.  Over 6,000 mentors will be needed.  What could be more rewarding than increasing Tennessee’s competiveness with a workforce trained for today’s highly skilled jobs?  Helping a local young person learn and succeed?  For more information on becoming a mentor, check out https://tnachieves.org/a-mentor .


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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