Community Honors Humble Heroes

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Law & Safety Luncheon presented by the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce. Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association is one of many local organizations and individuals that join with the chamber to sponsor the event that recognizes the contribution our many public servants provide to make Hickman County a safe and caring community. Scores of community and business leaders, County Mayor Steve Gregory, and Centerville Mayor Bob Bohn applauded the community service of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, Centerville Police Department, Hickman Community Hospital, Hickman County Emergency Medical Service, Hickman County Red Cross, Hickman County Rescue Squad, Hickman County Sheriff Department, Hickman County Human Society, Pinewood Volunteer Fire Department, Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Tennessee Division Of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Tennessee National Guard 771st Maintenance Company.

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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