Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone will have an enjoyable Monday as the nation takes a day to recognize the accomplishments of the American worker.  Our area’s quality labor force of 182,490* certainly is a productive group with a rural work ethic and a varied skillset.  I hope you take advantage of a day of summer fun as fall approaches and remember the contributions of a quality workforce to our nation.

*According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Hickman County, TN and its contiguous counties had a labor force of 182,490 in July 2011.  Current labor force data on Hickman County may be found on the Labor Force Data page on the www.industrialsites.hickmantn.org website.

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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