Well, it’s not really the heat – it’s the humidity..

The article, “Wyoming Plays it Cool” at WSJ.com touches on a couple of issues related to Hickman County and other rural areas. Site selection and industrial recruitment has to take into account the finite requirements of prospective industry such as geography, climate and available ready sites. Part of that should be concentrating on defining assets and target industry. Wyoming’s climate might be attractive to data centers, but it’s not for other things. Tennessee may be warmer (and more comfortable IMO), but it has other assets important to data centers.

The other issue is how important technology has become and how many areas (including Hickman County, Tennessee) need more broadband access for economic and community development.

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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