A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!

From 642 Tiny Things to Write About**:

Write a haiku about your favorite food.

Baloney sandwich
with Coke from a country store
Spring day memories

Country stores, especially those where you can get a bologna sandwich (sliced while you wait in the thickness you want, with cheese if you want, with a slice of tomato if you want, with lettuce if you want, and your choice of Miracle Whip or mustard, are much rarer these days.  Whether you were raised where this was a common lunch with Dad midday of a hard day’s work or if you have never been fortunate to try this local food delicacy prepared served with an experience beyond chain store marketing, there are two notable opportunities on River Road in Cheatham County to satisfy your palate.  Teter’s Market is near the Cheatham/Davidson County line and Lakeview Market & Hardware is a little closer to Ashland City across from Brush Creek Recreation Area (there are fishing piers, boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms and a playground).  Both can be a destination or a pleasant respite during a car cruise or motorcycle ride in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

**As a crutch to help write a blog post that meets my low standards ([1] I enjoy writing the blog post and [2] there is a reasonable chance someone will find it helpful and/or entertaining), I am occasionally using 642 Tiny Things to Write About, a writing prompt book (it gives 642 topics/scenarios and you write a little about it.)  On first thought, what could these 642 topics/scenarios have to do with economic and community development?  But on looking at it a little closer, like everything else, it doesn’t fall far from the the tree we call economic and community development.  On the dedication page, the book promised “(t)his tiny book contains all the ingredients to expand your mind, make time disappear, and supercharge your creativity.”  If it does this for me in writing for this economic development blog, well, then, it was well worth the purchase price.


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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