Tennessee Alternative Fuels & BioEnergy Conference

The Tennessee Alternative Fuels and BioEnergy Conference began Sunday evening at Montgomery Bell State Park and concludes today. The conference, hosted by a coalition of private industry groups and government known as the 25 by ’25 State Alliance, will give current and potential energy industry leaders the opportunity to learn about Tennessee’s alternative fuels and bioenergy sectors. Topics covered during the conference include the agricultural initiatives, alternative fuels, emerging technologies, the future of bioenergy and the bio-based economy in Tennessee and sustainable municipalities. Creating energy from local resources will not only benefit our environment, but also keeps our energy expenditures within our region creating jobs and wealth in our local economy.


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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