Governor Bill Haslam presents Three-Star Award to Hickman County, Tennessee
Left to Right: Hickman County Commissioner Gary Hanes, State Rep. John Tidwell, Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory, Tennessee Dept. of Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Governor Bill Haslam, Centerville Mayor Bob Bohn, Becki Bates, Daryl Phillips
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today that Hickman County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program for excellence in economic development.
“Our goal is to create a business friendly climate that gives companies the confidence to invest and expand in Tennessee,” Hagerty said. “Solid community development is a crucial aspect in this process by providing the foundation needed for successful economic development.”
Hickman County is now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.
In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in planning, leadership, community, business and education and workforce development categories. Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met; earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; assistance from ECD’s regional field staff and the sharing of “best practices” in community development; and the establishment of a strategic plan that is updated annually with measurable goals, specific actions, responsible parties and a timeline.
Beginning in 1980, the Three-Star program has now grown to 89 city and county programs certified. Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association, Inc. led and managed Hickman County’s Three-Star certification process as part of its efforts to leverage its limited resources to support sustainable job creation and capital investment.
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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