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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
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Retail Development Event for Tennessee and Kentucky
The 2018 ICSC Tennessee/Kentucky Idea Exchange will be held on Monday, July 23rd and Tuesday, July 24th in Louisville, Kentucky. This is always a great event to learn more about retail development and the latest trends in attracting new retailers … Continue reading
Successful Succession Planning for Business
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
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
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
Happy New Year!!!
Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheatham County Growth Rate for New Home Permits Highest in Region
In a recent Nashville Business Journal, Cheatham County was reported to have the highest rate of growth in new home permits in the Nashville region. We are a small county and our number of new home permits is low compared to … Continue reading
Cheatham County students’ ACT scores are on the rise!
“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
How Siri can help small town businesses make more sales
Source: How Siri can help small town businesses make more sales
Cheatham County Businesses & Burgers
If you are looking for two good things that should go together, visit the Cheatham County Fall Business Expo and Burger Cook Off to be held September 26th from 1:00 to 5:00p.m at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City, Tennessee. Cheatham … Continue reading
Getting and Keeping a Small Town Grocery Store
The Center for Rural Affairs recently posted an informative blog post on the importance of the rural small town grocery store and some tips to sustaining a successful store as a source of nourishment for the body and the community. … Continue reading
Connect to retail and commercial property in Cheatham County
Cheatham County, Tennessee has many opportunities for commercial and retail growth. Cheatham County retail supply and demand, retail leakage, traffic counts (AADT), psychographics, demographics, income levels, population, etc. can be found on retail.cheathambiz.com and some of the available commercial and … Continue reading
Happy Independence Day
Wishing you a safe and happy celebration of the 4th of July!
Returning to North Carolina to Talk Economic Development
I am looking forward to participating in the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 10-13. I will be part of a panel in a session on Sunday, July 12th called “County … Continue reading
Plan to attend Pleasant View Cruise’n and Groove’n every 3rd Friday
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.
Nashville MSA is Most Active New Home Sales Market
The Nashville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Cheatham County, was named most active new home sales market.
Kingston Springs named in Top Ten Safest Cities in Tennessee list
Kingston Springs, Tennessee in southern Cheatham County was recently named by the Movoto Real Estate Blog as one of The 10 Safest Cities in Tennessee. Not only does Kingston Springs have a Crime Index of 92 out of 100, but … Continue reading
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
NashvilleBizBlog: “There’s still time to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit” If you are not familiar with this beneficial business tax credit, the U.S. Department of Labor describes the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) as, “… a Federal tax credit … Continue reading
Cheatham County Parcels at I-24 Exit 31 zoned commercial C-1
The Cheatham County Commission passed a resolution to zone two parcels with over 10 acres at the Interstate 24 Exit 31 to Commercial 1. This exit is about midway between Clarksville and downtown Nashville and accesses Springfield, Joelton and Ashland … Continue reading
Cheatham County Prosperity Summit Cancelled for February 17, 2015
Due to ice, sleet and snow causing hazardous driving conditions, the Cheatham County Prosperity Summit scheduled for February 17th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date, most likely late April or early May. The Cheatham County … Continue reading
Training for Artists to become Talented Entrepreneurs
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will deliver a six-week training program for artists to turn their talent into a successful business. Called Periscope, it provides training, idea sharing, mentoring and networking. For … Continue reading
It’s a wonderful life and happy holidays
Watching the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is a holiday tradition for a lot of us. We just saw a Christmas Eve screening of it at Belcourt Theater tonight and was reminded how much George Bailey and the Bailey Bros. … Continue reading
Travel and tourism revenue increase in county
The Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee Counties 2013 was recently released by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. In the report, Cheatham County exhibited a 4.6% increase from 2012 to 2013 in Direct Domestic Traveler Expenditures and Related Economic Impact to $20,120,000. Stay … Continue reading
First TCEDs Certified
I recently had the privilege to hear the capstone presentations of the inaugural class of Tennessee Certified Economic Developers (TCED) at the Tennessee Economic Development Council’s Fall Conference. Anchored by their completion of the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course accredited … 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 International Economic Development Council will convene its 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on October 19th-22nd. Hundreds of economic development professionals from around the world will be in attendance to make new connections and learn more effective ways … Continue reading
A long weekend
Here is another suggested itinerary for a weekend in Nashville, this one from the Envision Conference Center, www.envisionnashville.com/weekend-in-nashville. Of course, find some time or make it a long weekend to visit Cheatham County while you’re here.
Cheatham County Promotes Healthier Tennessee
Healthier Tennessee is an effort led by Governor Bill Haslam and made possible by The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. The Foundation is funded through a … Continue reading
Attention Tennessee high school seniors, next Monday, August 18th, the Tennessee Promise scholarship application will be online. This is a last-dollar scholarship the covers all tuition and fees remaining after Pell and other scholarships to Tennessee community colleges or to … Continue reading
A place where no one says, “would you like fries with that?”
Local restaurants are a great place to experience great food and new surroundings. Local restaurants can continue to outshine their competition from chains with staying current with what potential customers want. This article from RestaurantNews.com, “Boost Your Restaurant’s Lunch Business … Continue reading