‘Better’ of both worlds…
With a 7.1% unemployment rate and 60% of the labor force fighting the commute to places like downtown Nashville, Hickman County, TN has a labor force with the rural work ethic that can be readily accessed. And, if you need professional personnel that tend to prefer to live and play in an urban environment, it doesn’t take much more time for them to take the less than an hour scenic drive to Hickman County than it does to fight the rush hour traffic into downtown Nashville.
In addition, Hickman County is one of only 2 counties in the Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) that are eligible for the highest level of incentives under Governor Bredesen’s and Tennessee Economic & Community Development’s Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI). Source: http://www.tennessee.gov/ecd/gov07/docs/ToolKit.pdf
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.