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Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
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 over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
- TIGER grants replaced by BUILD grants for local/regional transportation infrastructure
- Happy Economic Development Week!
- An update on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds
- Have your quality in economic development programs recognized by your peers
- Retail Development Event for Tennessee and Kentucky
- How to ask your local government for money to promote rural tourism
- Happy Pi Day!
- 2018 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards
- Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds – Another Economic Tool for Your Community?
- Successful Succession Planning for Business
- Opportunity Funds – A new resource for economic development investment
- Business resiliency and planning for disruption
- Helping businesses connect to customers online
- Have a wonderful life this holiday season!
- Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)
- 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
- 2017 IEDC Annual Conference
- Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth
- Disaster and Disruption Planning for Communities and Companies
- I put a dollar in a change machine and I didn’t get it
- Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region
- Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades
- 2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference
- Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college
- How do you measure your workforce?
- The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO
- Why Invest in Economic Development
- Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference
- A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!
- Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET
Category Archives: economic development expert
Yesterday, I began a new adventure. After almost 5 years, I submitted my resignation several weeks ago to leave my position as the economic development professional for a county to become more entrepreneurial. However, I hope to continue to work … Continue reading
I will be leaving Tennessee on Friday of next week to participate in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference. IEDC will convene its 2016 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on September 24th-28th. Around 1,500 economic development professionals from around the world … Continue reading
Economic development professionals, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials (including some from Cheatham County) will be attending the 62nd Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development on October 13th and 14th, 2015 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in … Continue reading
It looks as though I will be one of the speakers presenting at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference again this year. An IEDC annual conference is the largest annual gathering of economic development professionals in the world … Continue reading
I will be one of the presenters on a webinar, “Primer to the CEcD Exam Process: What You Need to Know“, on April 8th at 2:00 p.m. CT. The webinar provides those seeking to earn the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) … Continue reading
from a press release: PHILLIPS EARNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Daryl Phillips with Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board in Ashland City, Tennessee recently received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development … Continue reading
I will be leaving Tennessee next weekend to participate in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference. IEDC will convene its 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on October 19th-22nd. Around 1,500 economic development professionals from around the world have already … Continue reading
I had a productive time in Philadelphia attending the 2013 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. As part of my active participation in the conference, I spoke on Wednesday, October 9th during the Ignite IEDC segment. My segment was titled “Economic … Continue reading
I am in the Nashville International Airport waiting for a flight to Philadelphia to attend the 2013 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. The IEDC Annual Conference is the world’s largest gathering of economic development professionals. As part of my … Continue reading
I will be speaking about using technology in economic development during the Ignite IEDC session of the 2012 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit in San Antonio on January 30th. Specifically, I will speak about how economic development professionals … Continue reading
The date for the 2012 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development was announced for October 18-19, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Governor Haslam’s first economic and community development conference this year provided local communities and stakeholders with much helpful … Continue reading
The Tennessee Governor’s Three-Star Award for Economic and Community Development Preparedness celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. This year, the review deadline was moved up to June 30th, but I had a notebook full of documentation on Hickman County’s efforts … Continue reading
“TN Funding Board remains cautious despite forecast of economic growth” – Tennessean.com “Sitting in that meeting [of the Funding Board] today was a little bit encouraging, to see the revenues are coming up. We’re still going to have to make … Continue reading
I just read that 94% of all blogs have not been updated in the last four months. At a recent conference, a website and social media session presenter has only 7 followers and had made 10 tweets. So, this blog … Continue reading
I recently did a mailout to site selection professionals. I was a little amazed at the number of returned pieces of mail, probably close to 10%, even though my database wasn’t that dated. In correcting my mailing list, I found … Continue reading
When I pick up my daily copy of The New York Times on the way to work this week, I will be watching for an article to be published on the hardship of high unemployment in Perry County, Tennessee. The … Continue reading
I am an advocate that every small business can benefit from a web presence and from better utilization of the internet. The blog post on BusinessWeek.com, “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Web Sites“, gives a little insight in developing a … Continue reading
I participated in an interview today where one of the questions went something like this: “You’re in an elevator and a C-level executive from a target industry sector that is looking to expand unexpectantly steps on. What do you tell … Continue reading
Most of us in business have to do make cold calls sometime – like it or not. Whether a small business owner developing a customer base, an economic developer calling prospects, or an economic development consultant trying to connect with … Continue reading
From the sculpture Winged Victory of Samothrace to the quote “Discretion is the better part of valor”, that dude Anonymous is one prolific, creative guy and not one to toot his own horn — why I don’t even know his … Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported yesterday that orders for durable goods, such as machinery, transportation equipment, computers, and electronics, increased 3.4% in February. Durable goods orders had declined 7.3% in January and were expected by economists to decline 2.5% … Continue reading
I am in Alexandria, Virginia participating in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Federal Forum. The first session today was an informative discussion on the new administration, this term of Congress, and the various measures to improve the economy such … Continue reading
The Fall 2008 edition of the IEDC Economic Development Journal contains an outstanding article on economic development support of entrepreneurship — “Energizing Entrepreneurs, Development Strategy for the 21st Century” (may require IEDC membership to view). The article explains why our … Continue reading
Yesterday I finished reading The Little Black Book of Economic Development by Don Allen Holbrook, CEcD. The Little Black Book of Economic Development is a thought provoking evaluation of the current state of economic development and an examination of how … Continue reading
Today I started two books, the audiobook version of Outliers in the car and The Little Black Book of Economic Development by Don Allen Holbrook, CEcD. Outliers strikes that perfect balance of being engagingly interesting without becoming distracting (a good … Continue reading
Yesterday, I registered for the Governor’s Housing Summit Dec. 1-2. The agenda is posted at http://www.thda.org/. Speakers include U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper on the federal intervention in the financial markets, Commissioner Gonzales from the Department of Financial Institutions on foreclosure … Continue reading
Bob Ady of Ady International posted a blog entry, Take a Deep Breath and Get Ready for the New Year, that reminds us of the importance of focusing on the fundamentals of business retention and expansion and a disciplined attraction … Continue reading
Dr. Dale Henry of Your Best Unlimited will be conducting a workshop on Customer Service December 4, at the Perry County Community Development Center in Linden from 1-3PM. Dr. Henry is a native of Tennessee and has been a teacher, … Continue reading