Mid-South Economic Development Course

I wanted to pass on a great opportunity for economic development training near Tennessee that is coming up soon. The Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course conducted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement will be held March 15-18. It is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and attracts a superlative group of qualified instructors and eager participants.

Info about the course:
Communities face significant challenges in today’s new economy. More than ever, leadership must be prepared to help their communities meet these challenges: to capitalize on new developments, to turn potential obstacles into opportunities, and to enhance the quality of life for those who live, visit, and invest in the area.

The Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) provides this preparation. It offers a general survey of community economic development by focusing primarily on strategies and practices. It is an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of economic development that prepares participants to help their communities meet the competitive challenges they face in fostering economic advancement.

The Mid-South BEDC is designed for stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development at all scales–local, regional, state, and federal. This includes elected officials, government agency staff, planners, utility and transportation personnel, business leaders, real estate developers, other community volunteers, educators, and chamber or economic development organization professionals and their staff. This rich blend of participants is one of the many benefits of the course.

Another of the important advantages of the Mid-South BEDC is the ability to meet and benefit from the experience of over 20 experts in community economic development. They include consultants, professional economic developers, academicians, utility personnel, and other specialists. The faculty is chosen based on expertise, teaching effectiveness, professional association membership, and diversity. Where possible, Certified Economic Developers (CEcD’s) are used.

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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