Counting on us

Happy President’s Day! Yes, we are mostly sitting home and watching the snow and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Thinking of President’s Day, how would you like for your vote for the next U.S. President count less than the vote of someone in another part of the country? A failure by you and a lot of your neighbors to participate in the U.S. Census and the population used to apportion congressional districts and Electoral College will err against you. Check out this blog post, Why the Census matters to small town entrepreneurs, that describes how participation in the census is important for rural communities like Hickman County, Tennessee.

How do you participate? Complete the survey accurately. For more information, check out the 2010 U.S. Census website.

You can help out even more if you or someone you know wants a job. The U.S. Census is hiring people to help with completing an accurate count. Representatives are using the Hickman County Career Center for local applicant screening. For more information, call 1-866-861-2010.

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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