Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council to Host Regional Tourism Workshop

Four-County Workshop Focuses on “The Economics of Tourism”

The Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council will be hosting a workshop for Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Wayne Counties on Tuesday, October 7th – 6:30 PM at the Community Development Center in Linden. Entitled “The Economics of Tourism”, the workshop will be hosted by Dr. Steve Morse, Director and Economist of The University Tourism Institute- Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management. Morse is also responsible for tracking trends in the U.S. and Tennessee’s hotel, restaurant and tourism industries and works on a day to day basis with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. His presentation will cover the economic impact of tourism in each county as well as looking at the four counties and the potential benefits of regional tourism development.

The event serves as the start of a Regional Tourism Development Initiative that will conduct a series of activities over a one year period to create, expand and retain small businesses in connection with tourism development in the four-county area.

The initiative is facilitated by the Buffalo/Duck River Resource Conservation and Development Council in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, area local governments, chambers of commerce, economic and community development councils, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and other state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council encourages anyone interested in improving our local economies to attend this important event. Please RSVP to the Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council at: 931/729-2686 EXT.110, FAX 931/729-5786
Or Email sharon.englett@tn.usda.gov

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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