Strategically Seeking Solar

Yesterday, I attended the Solar Symposium in Nashville, TN. The meeting was attended by solar and renewable energy companies and economic development experts to learn more about how the communities near the Hemlock Semiconductor and Wacker Chemie industrial sites can leverage our location to advance economic development. Even with our limited resources, Hickman County has begun positioning our available industrial sites and buildings in Centerville, just west of Nashville on Interstate 40, and our quality labor force to show our potential value add to the solar and semiconductor industry.

Thanks to the Tennessee Economic Partnership and Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development for organizing this worthwhile event.

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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