Can’t wait to get on the road again

I read the blog post “Cities on the Prowl” today and it made me think.  I seem to have tried to avoid thinking this hot Saturday, but I couldn’t resist and it was the better alternative to thinking about the ragged lawn.  The author writes about how successful cities visit other cities to learn about new things or how find solutions that can be applied to their threats and opportunities.  Hickman County has done some of that as part of the 3-Star program, one of the Leadership Hickman sessions, some of our regional partnerships and on some ad hoc projects.  I have wished on occasion that we had the resources to load up a group of community leaders in an RV every now and then to see what other communities are doing right… or doing wrong… and discuss some lessons learned while captive on the trip back home.

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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