Transit Citizen Leadership Academy (sung to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance”)

On Wednesday evening at the new Music Center Center, I was part of the 4th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy class to complete the 7 session program.  An initiative of Lipscomb University’s Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy focuses on transit in developing civic leaders from diverse sectors to lead the conversation on community issues, shape public policy and implement change for the common good of our communities.

It was a valuable class with informative speakers and intelligent classmates, all with passion to make Middle Tennessee a better place.

Photos of the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy divided into our 3 project groups:

TCLA Group photos



Photos courtesy of Deborah Varallo


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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