Tourism/Small Business Development & Marketing Workshop Offered

Getting more tourists to visit our area requires thought and planning, and the best marketing ideas are only good if they are effectively implemented. In response to participation by leaders from Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Wayne counties the Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council will be conducting a workshop on August 19 that will address both local and regional needs linking tourism and small business development and marketing and lay a solid foundation for developing both local and regional based planning opportunities.

John Whisenant, Executive Director of the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable will facilitate the workshop and has extensive experience in marketing tourist visitation and a wealth of knowledge in tourism and small business development. As executive director, he has a unique vantage point to view tourism as a statewide economic engine and while serving as Executive Director of the Williamson County Convention Visitors Bureau dealt with local issues in building a successful tourism marketing program. He also serves as an instructor for the Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional training program.

The workshop will be held at the Perry County Community Development Center in Linden from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Registration begins at 8:00AM. John will be available during and after lunch to answer any questions and comments. The workshop and lunch are free.

Small businesses, chambers of commerce, economic and community development councils, and members of local government and other organizations are encouraged to come and meet John and participate in this important event. This effort is sponsored by the Buffalo/Duck River Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council through a partnership grant from USDA Rural Development.

To attend the August 19th workshop, please RSVP the Buffalo/Duck River RC&D Council-PH 931/729-2686 EXT.110, FAX 931/729-5786 or Email: or

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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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