It’s a Wonderful Life!
The winter weather in the Midwest had delayed our travel plans and opened up our evening. For something different, my wife and I attended a showing of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Belcourt Theatre, a 1920s era movie theater. Seeing it on the big screen was a great holiday experience, especially on Christmas Eve (and the freshly popped popcorn was great too!)
Watching the movie, I remembered how much George Bailey and the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association were involved in economic and community development
. From recruiting Sam Wainwright’s plastic manufacturing facility, to helping Martini in his business, to developing affordable housing to retain Bedford Falls’ labor force, to designing and developing neighborhoods — George Bailey and the economic development efforts of the Building & Loan made a more wonderful life for the residents of Bedford Falls.
It is a wonderful life and I hope that y’all have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
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.