Counting on good results

As the 2010 Census is working hard collecting its information, it is not too early to think about the decennial census’ impact. Since Hickman County is home to Turney Center Industrial Complex, a Tennessee Department of Corrections facility with a capacity of around 1,500, how (or rather where) prison inmates are counted has been an issue rural communities like Hickman County have been working on for a while. Prison populations affect the demographic profiles of their current home communities — increasing populations, influencing racial profiles and (usually) raising educational attainment percentages. When the census is completed, redistricting for local, state and federal legislative seats will occur based on the results. For more on this topic, check out “Forum to focus on new options for inmate count” in The Rural Blog.

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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