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IEDC 2016 Annual Conference

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

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ECD Conference fast approaching

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

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Prestigious gathering of economic development professionals in October

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

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Primed for Primer to the CEcD Exam Process

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

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Economic Development Finance Professional certification earned

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

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IEDC 2014 Annual Conference

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

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Back from the city of brotherly networking

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

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Sharing expert economic development ideas

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

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PR about QR

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

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Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic Development 2012

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

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Last Three-Star Program Review before Three-Star Program is reviewed

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

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Revs up?

“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

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At least it’s fresh…

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

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Change, it’s still there

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

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Shortage of private employment brings The New York Times to Perry County, Tennessee

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

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Oh, what a tangled Web presence we need…

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

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My Elevator Speech has Its Ups & Downs…

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

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Need to Merge Back onto the Information Superhighway?

Today’s post on the SmallBizBigTime blog, “Attention Small Biz – Get Ready for New Technology & Social Media Tools“, was particularly timely. Just last night, I commented (to my wife on Sofa 1.0) on how sad a blog with one … Continue reading

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Cold Calling… no, please don’t hang up!

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

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Discretion is the better part…

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

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Durable Goods Orders Increase Unexpected

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

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Economic Development Conference

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

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IEDC Economic Development Journal article

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

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Economic Development Book

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

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Book Report

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

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Tennessee Governor’s Housing Summit

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

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Great Advice for a Happier New Year for Economic Development

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

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Upcoming Workshop Focuses on Customer Service

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

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Taking Notes

I just ran across an article posted on a blog designed to make one a note-taking expert. Economic development is dependant on higher education and the labor force gaining new skills to become somewhat of an expert. Economic development should … Continue reading

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