Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Bolstering Your Economy with Tourism

Date: Thursday, May 11
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Many small and rural communities have attractions of historic, cultural, or natural significance, but no real foot traffic visiting them. Developing a stronger tourism program – through business and product development, plus creative packaging and marketing – can increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, as well as enhance your region’s visibility and image. Join IEDC as we explore rural tourism development and how it can benefit your local economy.

Attend this webinar to learn:

• Ways that tourism development can be used to build your economy
• Strategies to implement in the short, medium, and long-term
• How other communities have capitalized on existing assets to grow tourism opportunities



Linda DiMario, CEcD
Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Irvine, CA

DiMario leads the economic development and tourism promotion divisions of the biggest Chamber in Orange County. Engaged in a full scope of work designed to help enhance the economic vitality of Irvine and help businesses grow and thrive, the Chamber and its ED and destination marketing divisions work with the Chamber membership and community leadership to sustain an aggressive business retention and attraction program, a pro-active industry cluster and skill development initiative, an impressive start-up resource, a broad scope of international development work and a targeted leisure travel, meetings and conventions strategy. Before joining the Chamber, DiMario was the owner and principal of DiMario & Associates for six years, served as the president and CEO of the Arlington (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau for six and half years and was the president & CEO for the Long Beach Area CVB.

DiMario is an active member, speaker and instructor with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a former Board member of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI); former president of the Western Association of CVBs and a frequent speaker and trainer at industry conventions including DMAI, IEDC, California, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas, Connecticut, Washington, Pennsylvania and Texas as well as the British Association of Cities & Towns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington State University and is a Vietnam War-era Air Force veteran.

Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
Director of Economic Development
Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board
Ashland City, TN

Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP Director of Economic Development Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board Ashland City, TN Daryl Phillips serves as Director of Economic & Community Development for Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to joining Cheatham County, he worked for primarily regional initiatives and rural communities. He has earned a B.B.A. from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University. He achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2008 and has earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council. He is a frequent speaker on the profession at regional and IEDC conferences. Daryl previously worked in manufacturing, but has held management positions with economic development organizations since 1996, serving as chief executive and lead economic development professional for counties since 2006.