Author Archives: Daryl Phillips, CEcD

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.

Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Shopping Season.  Black Friday can be crazy, so be sure to put Small Business Saturday on your shopping calendar. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 25th.  You may just find … Continue reading

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2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development

I will be busy out of town that week and will miss this event for the first time in many years.  However, economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials will be attending the 64th Annual Tennessee Governor’s … Continue reading

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2017 IEDC Annual Conference

I arrived in Canada on Friday to participate in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference.  IEDC will officially convene its 2017 Annual Conference here in Toronto, Ontario this afternoon.  Around 1,300 economic development professionals from around the world have already … Continue reading

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Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth

Looking at the analytics and the number of recent hits related to dove season on this blog this morning, I am reminded how diverse rural tourism can be and how difficult it is for a community’s tourism marketing to be … Continue reading

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Disaster and Disruption Planning for Communities and Companies

My thoughts and prayers are with those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In 2010, I was the economic development director in a county heavily impacted by the “2010 Nashville Flood” during which we received around 20 inches of rain. Later, … Continue reading

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I put a dollar in a change machine and I didn’t get it

Yesterday, I began a new adventure.  After almost 5 years, I submitted my resignation several weeks ago to leave my position as the economic development professional for a county to become more entrepreneurial.  However, I hope to continue to work … Continue reading

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Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region

Last October, I posted on this blog about a LEAP 2.o (Labor Education Alignment Program – LEAP) grant that the Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board in collaboration with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Dickson (TCAT) … Continue reading

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Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released labor market estimates for Tennessee Counties for May 2017 on Thursday afternoon.  The unemployment rate for Cheatham County was the 5th lowest of Tennessee’s 95 counties at 2.3%.  That, combined with … Continue reading

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2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference

The 64th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development on October 26th and 27th, 2017 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials will be attending, including some … Continue reading

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Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college

In an effort to help Tennesseans qualify for better jobs and to meet the workforce needs of our employers, Tennessee provides assistance to adults who want go back to school and complete a degree or a technical certificate program.  Tennessee … Continue reading

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How do you measure your workforce?

This week, I was compiling some recently released data for Cheatham County and the other 94 counties in Tennessee.  The 2016 U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by County and Labor Force Estimates for Tennessee were released in the past few … Continue reading

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The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO

From 642 Tiny Things to Write About**: Write an alternate ending for It’s a Wonderful Life. I would like to think that George Bailey takes the excess donations from his friends and funds a formal economic development organization for Bedford Falls. … Continue reading

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Why Invest in Economic Development

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has published a resource, Why Invest in Economic Development, for members, elected officials and others interested in supporting economic development in their communities. The federal government has always played a key supporting role in … Continue reading

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Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference

We are looking forward to participating in the 22nd annual Tennessee Rural Development Conference to be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (March 22-23, 2017.)  The theme is “Rural Renaissance.” Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET

I started this blog on August 7, 2007, nearly ten years ago, and after over 1,100 posts, I still find it a challenge to frequently write posts that meet my standards – that I enjoy writing the blog post and … Continue reading

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Happy Pi day!!!

Happy Pi Day!!! (March 14th, 3/14, the day to celebrate Pi (3.1415926535…), an irrational number.)

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Business Succession Planning

You’ve heard that saying, “All good things must come to an end.”  That end for a business or organization can be as a result of retirement, passing to another generation, moving on to new adventures or less pleasant disruptions one … Continue reading

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Resources for Business in Cheatham County, Tennessee 2017

It is that time of year, my getting around to updating and improving community economic development resources that I didn’t get to during that holiday lull that inevitably never happens.  The thing this time is an update to the Resources … Continue reading

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Economic Development Training for Local Leaders

No, Cheatham County is not part of the area served by the Delta Regional Authority, but several counties in southwest Tennessee are.  The following information may be of interest as workshops will be held in all 8 states in the DRA … Continue reading

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Nashville area ranks as one of the best places to live

The Nashville metro area, which includes Cheatham County, was just ranked 13th in the “Best Places to Live” by U.S. New & World Report magazine.  Read about what puts the Nashville area on the list of best places on the … Continue reading

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Cheatham County, Tennessee Development and Permitting Informational Guide

Well, I know it won’t make any best seller list (because it is FREE to download on our website), but I recently finished a concise book Cheatham County, Tennessee Development and Permitting Informational Guide, which contains information about where to go and who to … Continue reading

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Prepare to be Googled

I had a conversation a few days ago with an economic development professional about using technology to promote our communities and to help our businesses connect to customers.  She reminded me of an important point — it is not so … Continue reading

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2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development

Economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials (including some from Cheatham County) will be attending the 64th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development on October 26th and 27th, 2017 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center … Continue reading

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Business disaster planning creates community economic resiliency

In my blog post yesterday, I talked about the fact that the Nashville, TN MSA, which includes Cheatham County, had a high ranking of resilience capacity.  One factor of resiliency, disaster preparedness, is something that has been on my radar … Continue reading

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Cheatham County Region Resilience: ready for economic stress

The Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a region that Cheatham County, Tennessee is very much a part, ranks high in resilience capacity (ability to bounce back from economic stress) according to the Institute of Govermental Studies at University of … Continue reading

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2017 Tennessee Rural Development Conference

The 22nd annual Tennessee Rural Development Conference will be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on March 22nd and 23rd.  The theme is “Rural Renaissance.” Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), USDA Rural Development (USDA RD), and Tennessee Department of Economic and … Continue reading

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Strike a pose…

I was just on the website for Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and there was my photograph showing off my pride in supporting #TeamTN and Cheatham County, Tennessee in economic and community development.  To view a larger version of … Continue reading

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More additional direct flights from Nashville International Airport

This week, Nashville International Airport announced more direct flights by Southwest Airlines.  In addition to more flights to and from Dallas, St. Louis, San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale, Southwest will begin direct flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

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