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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: quality labor force
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
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
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
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced that the Cheatham County School District will share in a $400,000 grant through the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP). The grant will allow the school district to fund the equipment and training needed … Continue reading
“County’s ACT scores on the rise” – Ashland City Times Education/workforce development being one of the pillars of our Three Star Award efforts, this is a sign that the Cheatham County community and its high school students are making progress … Continue reading
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce released a workforce study of the Nashville area, which includes Cheatham County, titled Strengthening the Middle Tennessee Region 2020: Building a Vital Workforce to Sustain Economic Growth and Opportunity. It is a comprehensive analysis of the … Continue reading
Cheatham County has already begun recruiting mentors for the Tennessee Promise program that will help our high school seniors achieve their goals of higher education and also help maintain the quality of our workforce as they meet the requirements of … Continue reading
With all its outdoor recreational opportunities, walking trails, biking routes, green space, waterways, hunting land, culture, history, arts, etc. as well as local healthcare facilities — all close to the big city amenities of Nashville, Cheatham County is a great … Continue reading
Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Reconnect initiative helps adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. Tuition to training at a Tennessee College of … Continue reading
Would you like to spend a few hours a year to help a student go to and succeed in higher education? Would you like to help sustain a quality workforce skilled for tomorrow’s jobs? Our students still need mentors for … Continue reading
Mentors needed for Cheatham County’s Tennessee Promise that helps students complete higher education
Our students still need mentors for Cheatham County’s Tennessee Promise!!! The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015. It will provide students a last dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will … Continue reading
I signed up today to become a mentor for Cheatham County’s Tennessee Promise. The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015. It will provide students a last dollar scholarship, meaning … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
CNNMoney reports, “Private sector hiring gained momentum in December, according to a report by payroll processing firm ADP.” Great news, looks like a trend. Maybe 2014 will bring even better times for those of us communities that are working hard … Continue reading
Governor Haslam rolled out his Drive to 55 workforce development initiative today. The goal of Drive to 55 is to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55% by the year 2025. Tennessee now lags far … Continue reading
I hope everyone is enjoying this Labor Day weekend! The U.S. Department of Labor has a good statement on its website about what the day is about: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor … Continue reading
The names were changed, but they continue to develop a workforce trained in today’s technology skillsets
The state’s workforce training schools, vocational technical schools for adults and formerly known as Tennessee Technology Centers, were renamed Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology on July 1, 2013. The name change more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided at the … Continue reading
Cheatham County students were recently recognized for academic excellence by A.O. Smith, a local manufacturer, and the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce. Students with superlative academic achievement from the county’s three high schools, Cheatham Central, Harpeth and Sycamore, were honored with … Continue reading
The unemployment rate for Cheatham County, Tennessee for November 2012 decreased to 5.7%, a full percentatage point decrease from September. This occurred even with an increse in the labor force. The November rates for the U.S. and Tennessee were 7.4% … Continue reading
I had some time this morning and took a hike in Warner Park, a place conducive to forgetting your worries or refocusing one’s thought. I saw a guy, his head bowed over his guitar (either in deep thought or maybe sleep), … Continue reading
Diamond Gusset‘s David Hall comments on the need for skilled labor to maintain United States manufacturing on www.centerforamerica.org .
I hope everyone will have an enjoyable Monday as the nation takes a day to recognize the accomplishments of the American worker. Our area’s quality labor force of 182,490* certainly is a productive group with a rural work ethic and a varied … Continue reading
Persona-Centerville, a local sign manufacturer here in Hickman County, Tennessee, plans to hold a job fair at its facility on Wednesday, September 7th, from 4:00 to 8:00p.m. For more information, you may access a flyer at this link.
According to the Tennessee Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), 60% of Hickman County’s labor force works outside the county. A fact often overlooked, 19% of the jobs in Hickman County are filled by people who live outside the county. … Continue reading
According to data from Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Hickman County Labor Force grew 2.0% from 2007 to 2010 while the total Tennessee Labor Force grew by only 0.5%. Employment for Hickman County contracted at the same … Continue reading
Last week’s Middle Tennessee Workforce Summit was the occasion for the release of the study Leveraging the Labor Force for Economic Growth: Assessing the Nashville Economic Market Area’s Readiness for Work after the Recession. The focus of the study was … Continue reading
The New York Times featured Hickman County, Tennessee’s neighbor Perry County in an article “Job Loss Looms as Part of Stimulus Act Expires” in today’s newspaper. Too many members of our quality area labor force are eager for a job. … Continue reading
A recent article put out by the Southern Growth Policies Board, “Manufacturing: The Misunderstood Industry“, chronicles a trend most everyone is seeing. The article begins: According to a 2009 national survey, Americans believe that manufacturing is the most important industry … Continue reading
The Nashville Business Journal reports “March was best month for Tennessee job gains since October 2005” Hickman County also reported an increase in the labor force and an increase in employment that netted a decrease in the unemployment rate.