JOBS4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

Yesterday, I watched the JOBS4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program webinar, which provided information on the accelerator program and the process of applying for the grant funding.  Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development plans to award grant funding to help establish a Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator in each of the nine economic development regions that coincide with the Jobs Base Camps.

The Accelerators will provide whatever assistance existing or start-up entrepreneurs need to grow jobs and investment in Tennessee.  Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association, Inc. can only serve one county in the South Central Tennessee Jobs Base Camp region, but is looking forward to working with the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program that is established in the southern Middle Tennessee region as we all work toward growing and supporting our entrepreneurs.

You may find more information on the  JOBS4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program on the TN ECD 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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