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Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
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 over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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- 2018 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards
- Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds – Another Economic Tool for Your Community?
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- Opportunity Funds – A new resource for economic development investment
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- 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
- 2017 IEDC Annual Conference
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- Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region
- Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades
- 2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference
- Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college
- How do you measure your workforce?
- The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO
- Why Invest in Economic Development
- Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference
- A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!
- Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET
Sign, Sign, everywhere a sign…
Maybe it is the sign overload from the current local political campaigns, but I am tired of all the bad signs – campaigns and businesses are both offenders. I hate the droopy banner signs, unattractive colors, the tilted/slanted/all askew signs, small print, ugly colors, unreadable fonts, confused messages, no directions, too little/too much info, etc., etc., etc.
As an economic development professional, bad signs may get my attention for their ineffectiveness, but no signs at all are bad, too. No matter how techie our customers get with their Internet research, Google-ing, GPS units and smart phones; it is hard to replace the communication potential of a really good sign.
Joanne Steele with RuralTourismMarketing.com recently had a great blog post on signage for rural communities and businesses, “Good Signage. Helping Visitors Get Around in a Rural Tourism Town.” In addition, I ran across this web page, “What Color is Your Business?“, that I found helpful with the design of a marketing piece that I am working on and it can also relate to the design of signage.
So, if we are blocking out a little of our scenery, let’s pleasantly communicate our message to our guests without breaking their mind.