Quality of Place and a Community’s Creative Class

Sometimes I feel like my career would be a lot more enjoyable if I didn’t have my 9 to 5 job, which may happen one of these days as those frustrating moments become more common. One source of frustration is observing great projects and wishing that they could find support in one’s hometown.

A group in West Virginia, Create West Virginia, works to build creative, competitive communities by developing and attracting a creative class. In some circles, education, arts, and creative thinking are not encouraged as they should be. However, creativity is the core of competitiveness for entrepreneurs and the driver for community development and quality of place.

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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