Transformation from a center of justice to a center of art, culture and learning

I participated in a meeting tonight related to the latest component of the downtown Centerville revitalization. Like many things worthwhile, the downtown Centerville project hasn’t been built in a day. Sidewalks, traffic flow and some streetscape issues have been addressed. Now, restoring the Hickman County Courthouse as a cultural arts center is the next big thing. Lots of sweat equity has already been invested by Historic Downtown Centerville in removing non-orginal partitions and cleaning out the building. For more information, check out the new website on the project.

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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