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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: Rural Tourism
Click on the link below: How to Ask For Tax Dollars to Market Your Rural Tourism Destination
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
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
The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2014 from the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. was recently released by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. In the report, Cheatham County, Tennessee exhibited a 3% increase from 2013 to 2014 in Direct Domestic Traveler Expenditures … Continue reading
We just learned that the 5th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival scheduled for August 8, 2015 has been canceled. For more information on the race cancellation, go to the Riverbluff Triathlon website. The race in the past began at the Ashland City … Continue reading
Pleasant View, Tennessee hosts Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the warm months of the year on their old town Main Street. Come see vintage cars, enjoy outdoor cooking and hear local bands play.
Come to Summerfest at Riverbluff Park on the banks of Cumberland River/Cheatham Lake on June 23rd to June 27th. See live music, fireworks, artisan and craft booths, mouth-watering food with rides and fun for the whole family! Chose to come on … Continue reading
We hope you will join us on August 8, 2015 for the 5th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival. The race begins at the Ashland City Riverbluff Park and runs, bikes and swims over several miles of scenic Cheatham County and Cheatham Lake. Whether you are coming … Continue reading
We hope you will join us on September 6, 2014 for the 4th Annual Riverbluff Triathlon and Festival beginning at 7:00 am. The race begins at the Ashland City Riverbluff Park and runs, bikes and swims over several miles of scenic Cheatham County and Cheatham … Continue reading
This weekend’s The Wall Street Journal has a great article on visiting Nashville, “Pitch-Perfect Nashville: A long weekend filled with biscuits, barbecue, country couture, hipster hangouts and all the live tunes you can handle“. I have been to many of … Continue reading
Mark your calendars on June 24-28 for Ashland City’s annual Summerfest 2014 celebration. Summerfest will be held at Riverbluff park in Ashland City, Tennessee on the bank of the Cumberland River. Summerfest features a family-friendly carnival, lots of good food, … Continue reading
In a recent article by The Tennessean newspaper’s Ms. Cheap (Mary Hance), “GET ON THE WATER: Take a canoe float, rent a pontoon or enjoy a nature cruise — for less than you might expect,” Cheatham County tourism destinations were … Continue reading
This past Saturday morning, I had the pleasure to visit the West 70 Arts Cruise in Pegram, Tennessee. A few miles down U.S Highway 70 just beyond the Nashville/Davidson County line into Cheatham County, the West 70 Arts Cruise has local artists showing and … Continue reading
What a great idea! The app is specifically designed to continue to work in rural areas that may not have the best cellular data availability. According to the article “App Will help travelers explore Nevada’s rural attractions” on VegasINC.com, “…. … Continue reading
We had a great workshop today on internet marketing for small tourism-related businesses. Part of a regional economic development initiative by the Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council, Joanne Steele of Rural Tourism Marketing Group facilitated the workshop in Centerville, TN.
“Attracting group tours to your small town” from the Small Biz Survival blog has lots of ideas about attracting tour groups and giving them a great rural experience they will tell their friends about.
I am attending the2010 Tennessee Sesquicentennial Civil War Signature Event in Nashville today and tomorrow. Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker are among the speakers today. The Civil War Sesquicentennial will commemorate the 150 year … Continue reading
A radio hour on television? Yes, and if you come to visit in person (every Saturday morning at 10:00am at the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce) , it is such a bargain that the radio hour lasts for about an … Continue reading
RuralTourismMarketing.com had this post, “Is Your Small Town Tourism Destination Featured on Trazzler?” I’ve got to check this out… looks like a great tool for communicating with people looking for those tourism experiences that your community has.
An article in today’s The New York Times, “But Will It Make You Happy?“, provides a lot of ideas on rural tourism and rural retail, even though that isn’t even the main point of the article. Spending less and spending … Continue reading
You are invited to the Quilts… Homeward Bound, Centerville and Hickman County’s 5th quilt documentation show. Each year, quilts are displayed, documented and published in a quilt book. Come see 200 dearly loved, heirloom and contemporary quilts at the First … Continue reading
The Tennessean newspaper’s travel section highlighted Nashville’s Trace, part of Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Trials and Byways program. Nashville’s Trace connects you with Music City, the Natchez Trace Parkway and a lot of the country that made (and is making) … Continue reading
If you are visiting Nashville this summer, take an excursion down the Nashville’s Trace Trail: Backstage to Backroads. One of the loops on this trail (don’t worry, it’s all paved highways), takes you to Hickman County, the birthplace of some … Continue reading
Nancy Roland, Executive Director of the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, played the role of a tourist and told the audience at today’s session of the chamber’s Customer Service Training Series about some of the things, places and people that … Continue reading
If you you are running, watching, or avoiding the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24th, you could complete your day with a trip down the road to Hickman County, Tennessee – about an hour southwest of downtown … Continue reading
If you were like me, you wanted to go but missed South by Southwest (SXSW). However, check out Hickman County, Tennessee – about an hour south and southwest of downtown Nashville – for music every weekend. For more info on … Continue reading
Not only does this post “Everybody’s got a story” on ReImagine Rural have a good story helpful to active rural areas like Hickman County, Tennessee, but it also mentions Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, one of … Continue reading
Through a Tweet from Becky McCray, I found this rural tourism blog, Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development, from British Columbia, Canada. Interesting because there are lessons that we can learn from each other. (I had a conversation this week about … Continue reading
Come visit a holiday event. While you are here, take some time to sample some of the food and shopping in Hickman County. Yes, it is looking and feeling a lot like Christmas! The Centerville Christmas ParadeDecember 6, 2009 at … Continue reading
December 1st. I will be breaking out one of my collection of Christmas ties this morning and officially declaring that it is looking a lot like Christmas. There are plenty of shopping days left, so why not make one of … Continue reading