… it’s probably here somewhere
Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
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 over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
- TIGER grants replaced by BUILD grants for local/regional transportation infrastructure
- Happy Economic Development Week!
- An update on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds
- Have your quality in economic development programs recognized by your peers
- Retail Development Event for Tennessee and Kentucky
- How to ask your local government for money to promote rural tourism
- Happy Pi Day!
- 2018 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards
- Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds – Another Economic Tool for Your Community?
- Successful Succession Planning for Business
- Opportunity Funds – A new resource for economic development investment
- Business resiliency and planning for disruption
- Helping businesses connect to customers online
- Have a wonderful life this holiday season!
- Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)
- 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
- 2017 IEDC Annual Conference
- Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth
- Disaster and Disruption Planning for Communities and Companies
- I put a dollar in a change machine and I didn’t get it
- Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region
- Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades
- 2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference
- Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college
- How do you measure your workforce?
- The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO
- Why Invest in Economic Development
- Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference
- A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!
- Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET
Category Archives: economic development
Happy Economic Development Week!
This week has been designated as Economic Development Week to recognize the hard work economic developers accomplish to make their communities stronger and to highlight the importance of an organized economic development effort to the wealth and sustainability of our … Continue reading
Have a wonderful life this holiday season!
On this Christmas Eve, we watched the holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life , which is an annual tradition for us. I am always reminded (and I’m sure that my wife is tired of my talking about it) that this movie is … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
2016 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 63rd Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development on October 27th and 28th, 2016 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in … Continue reading
Northwest Corridor Transit Study – planning for transit that impacts Clarksville, Nashville and Cheatham County transportation
The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) recently kicked off the Northwest Corridor Transit Study to evaluate transit options between Clarksville and Nashville. One of the key components of the project is input from those who live, work, and … Continue reading
NACo Cheatham County Prosperity Summit rescheduled for May 28th
The weather on our first try turned out to be frightful with ice covered roads that necessitated postponing the Cheatham County Prosperity Summit. After what seemed to be a Herculean task of finding a date that worked, we found May … Continue reading
More data, less difficult
I learned of what looks like a great economic development tool from a post on Sara Dunnigan’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Economic Development. It is called The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project, but be patient, it is still in Beta version as of … Continue reading
The art of the chart
The New York Times had an interesting article yesterday, “How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts“. The charts show the dramatic changes during the recession and how jobs and industry sectors were significantly changed – changes that if … Continue reading
Sharing economic development ideas
This morning, I am joining economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials in attending the 60th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development 2013 at the newly completed Music City Center just a few miles … Continue reading
Utilizing a top utility
Site Selection magazine has named our Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to its Top Utilities in Economic Development for 2013. Site Selection used the following mix of objective and subjective criteria to select its top utilities: “Analysis of corporate end-user project … Continue reading
Great strides in improving environment for quality growth in Cheatham County
The Tennessean newspaper reports today on Cheatham County’s improving environment for quality growth in “County lowers building taxes indefinitely“.
Taxes on development lowered in Cheatham County
The environment for commercial and residential development continues to improve. News of the latest strides in encouraging growth in Cheatham County, Tennessee: “Cheatham County lowers development taxes” in the Nashville Business Journal and “Cheatham County Commission slashes taxes on new homes” … Continue reading
60th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
Economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials will be attending the 60th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development on October 3rd and 4th, 2013 at the newly completed Music City Center just a few … Continue reading
How do you start them up in a business after they’ve seen Paree?
Addressing both rural brain drain and economic development (rural job creation and capital investment,) this post, “Could EntrepreneurShip Investigation Help Keep Your Youth at Home?“, tells of the ESI: EntrepreneurShip Investigation program hosted by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln … Continue reading
Twenty-twelve, now off the shelf!
My only New Year’s resolution is to enjoy the Titans and bowl games and not think too much for the first two days of 2012. However, this blog post by Dean Barber looks to provide food for thought on twenty-twelve’s economic … Continue reading
The Four Rs – Reforming Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic
The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned last night, approving a balanced budget that begins to add back to our rainy-day fund – an enviable position for most states. Among the most discussed topics was education reform, which affected collective bargaining by teachers and included tenure … Continue reading
A Wonderful Life brought to you by Economic and Community Development
Watching the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is a holiday tradition for a lot of us. I just saw a clip of it on Facebook today and was reminded how much George Bailey and the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan … Continue reading
The last one…
Hickman County has been recertified as a Tennessee Three-Star community by Governor Bredesen and Tennessee Economic & Community Development Commissioner Kisber.
New business starts dropped (duh) – Maybe quality will compensate for quantity
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday in ‘Business Formation Tumbles 10% in Wealthiest Countries‘ that “(t)he number of entrepreneurs starting new businesses dropped 10% in the wealthiest nations last year and fell 24% in the U.S., according to a report … Continue reading
State of The Year for Tennessee
The Tennessean reports on Tennessee’s recognition for success in economic development in the article “Developments earn TN ‘State of the Year’ title“. Even in a tough environment, success in job creation and capital investment are possible when communities work together … Continue reading
Not Now Boarding….
I was off taking care of one of my other endeavours this weekend and heard a presentation by Andy Goodman titled ‘Storytelling for Good Causes’ from the Stanford University Center for Social Innovation. My take away was that it is … Continue reading
Nissan Zero-Emission, Electric Car Announcement
The latest economic development news: Nissan Motor Company, North America, located in neighboring Williamson County, announced plans today to create 1,300 jobs in Smyrna, Tennessee when production on Nissan’s new zero-emission car begins. For a complete story, check out The … Continue reading
Community Case Studies in Economic Development
If you are looking for some ideas, the following post, “Small Towns, Big Ideas Case Studies“, has case studies of how smaller communities achieved economic development success.
Hickman County Retail sales
Hickman County February 2009 local sales tax collections, an indicator of retail sales, rebounded from the previous two months. Compared to the previous year, December was down 8.2% and January was down 9.4%. February was only down 0.1% ($149,076.18 compared … Continue reading