Economic Development Training for Local Leaders

No, Cheatham County is not part of the area served by the Delta Regional Authority, but several counties in southwest Tennessee are.  The following information may be of interest as workshops will be held in all 8 states in the DRA region including a few conducted in Tennessee:

IEDC Training to Help Local Leaders Build Their Economy

In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will conduct another round of training courses for DRA’s Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities (ECRC) program beginning in February 2017.

These intensive training courses are designed as  two-day classroom-style “boot-camps,” which emphasize the system and practice of economic development in the Delta region, and help community leaders learn more about the state, federal and private sector resources that are available to assist them.

The interactive course provides participants with practical tools and inspiring examples to support critical economic development and resilience activities. Workshops will be conducted in all eight states served by DRA.

“Effective local leadership is crucial to economic development, disaster resilience, and economic recovery activities in Delta communities,” said Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. “Elected officials and community leaders are uniquely positioned to coordinate public resources and agencies to support job creation, act as an effective bridge between the public and private sectors, respond to disasters, and help businesses recover in the event of an economic or natural disaster. This training elevates the capacity and growth potential for the Delta region.”

The first Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery course will be held in Carbondale, IL, on Feb. 27-28, and hosted by the Southern Illinois Research Center.

The first Economic Development Strategies course will be held in Poplar Bluff, MO, on March 2-3, and hosted by the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

To register for either of these courses, or to access the schedule for surrounding states, visit

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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