Rural Brain Drain or the Drain in Brains ain’t mainly on the Plain

I finished the new book, Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America, and I’m finally getting around to the book report. There are a lot of hard truths in the book, some of which there isn’t a lot we can do about. One, rural areas are a great place to raise smart, productive kids that are attractive to the employers in urban areas who can offer an alluring quality of life. I’m not sure about “Ellis” Iowa, but most rural areas around Hickman County, TN have quite a few of those smart, productive kids who stick around without feeling stuck without a quality of place. We must engage those rural brains to become involved in their community and to fill our voids in leadership and community involvement.

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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