Hard Fought Gains in Tax Base and Tourism

The Hickman County Times reported in today’s edition a couple of positive statistics related to basic economic development in Hickman County Tennessee. First, the total tax base is 21% more than last year.

Second, the latest reported tourism spending has increased 8.1% over the previous year, “more than all but one of the other 12 South Central Tennessee counties.” Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association, Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, and the Hickman County Tourism Association, local government, and others in the community work hard to make Hickman County a nice place to visit and to let people know we have a value for tourists.

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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