Survey says…

Last week’s Middle Tennessee Workforce Summit was the occasion for the release of the study Leveraging the Labor Force for Economic Growth: Assessing the Nashville Economic Market Area’s Readiness for Work after the Recession. The focus of the study was the ten county region served by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. As I recall, over 20% of this area’s employees commute from outside the study area, but Middle Tennessee counties such as Hickman and Marshall Counties that supply that 20% of workers were not mentioned in the report. It seems that education, trainability and work ethic will remain important in impressing outside employers with the quality of a county’s available labor force.

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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