The Times, They Are A-Changin’

“Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes — it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.” — Peter Drucker

Even though Mr. Drucker was talking about an earlier ‘period of upheaval’ (he passed away in 2005), this is an astute observation. Change seems to be on my mind. I was downtown in Chicago last week and noted a few changes from a few years ago when I worked for an organization there. I just began reading Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. Some of us are better suited for it or more tolerant of it or even love a good portion of it now and again. Most of us deal with many people postponing change until it is thrust upon them without an option for more palatable change. I feel like that at least on a local level, we may soon expect a change toward a less change-averse community.

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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