Board Member to Attend Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course

Just another example of the commitment Hickman County has to improving economic development, Rob Mitchell will be attending the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course May 12-16 in Nashville. Rob will be representing Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association (HCECDA), the Joint Economic & Community Development Board for Hickman County. In addition to serving on the HCECDA board, Mr. Mitchell is the current president of the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Hickman County Planning Commission.

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service is partnering with the Tennessee Leadership Center to present the second annual course. It is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who are involved in economic development at local, state and federal levels. Topics for the course include global trends, and the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to be successful in today’s complex economic environment.

I have attended this and several other IEDC accredited courses and they are tremendously relevant to improving how we serve our community and promote a fertile environment for economic development.

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.
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