Welcome to the AGC of Tennessee Website
Thank you for visiting the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee. Our association is the leading voice in the Volunteer State for the construction and building industry with a special emphasis on the needs and objectives of the general contractor.
The links above aid you in navigating our website. Information is available for the Tennessee Chapter and for each of the regional branches. You'll also find information on our CompTrust program, our state convention and other special events.
Go Build is a program designed to lay the groundwork for the development of a more robust skilled construction workforce in Tennessee. The program is in response to demographic changes including an aging workforce, the impact of a deep recession and a lack of interest from secondary and post-secondary students. The result has been a persistent lack of skilled workers in the construction trades. Go Build will help develop the workforce who will benefit from better jobs and careers in the construction industry across the state.
The Go Build program is promoted through multimedia advertising, promotional materials, media campaigns and a website to spur interest in young people across the state to choose construction related fields for further job training and jobs.
The program is run by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation comprised of members from Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, Home Builders Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Road Builders Association.
To learn more about Go Build Tennessee please visit the links below.
Speaker: Kenneth D. Simonson
Time: April 23, 2018 - 11:00AM CDT
Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3106 West End Avenue, Nashville
Cost: $50.00 per person
Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. His weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, The Data DIGest, goes to 42,000 subscribers. He was the 2012-2013 president of the National Association for Business Economics, the professional organization for individuals who use economics in their work. Currently, he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. He earned a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.
Sponsorships are available for this Leadership Forum.
The AGC of Tennessee attended Governor Haslam’s announcement at the State Capitol on January 18, 2017 where he outlined key elements of his 2017 legislative agenda. As expected, the Governor is making transportation and infrastructure projects a priority in his proposed IMPROVE ACT. The state currently has approximately $6 billion dollars in backlogged projects because the money has simply not been available to fund these important projects in cities and counties across Tennessee for several years.
Specifically, Governor Haslam is seeking to raise the necessary funding by increasing the gas tax by 7 cents and the diesel tax by 12 cents. In addition, certain fees will be increased including a $5.00 increase in the state motor vehicle registration fee, a $100.00 fee for electric vehicles and other specific road use related fees. It is important to note that Tennessee has not changed the gas tax rate since 1989. With inflation, the current gas tax of 21.4 cents per gallon is actually worth 11 cents per gallon in current dollars. In addition, the increase in fuel economy of today’s motor vehicles, greater use of hybrid cars, electric vehicles and other fuel saving technologies have adversely impacted the revenue stream. As a result, funding for state highway and infrastructure projects has not kept pace with clear and present needs. According to one estimate in 2016, Tennessee ranks 39 out of 50 states relative to the amount of tax it charges per gallon of fuel. Considering the amount of growth across the state since the last gas tax change and the significant backlog of projects, Tennessee is at an important crossroads in determining how Tennessee’s roads and infrastructure will be maintained and developed now and into the future.
It is equally important to note that Governor Haslam is also proposing a number of tax cuts that will assist families and businesses across Tennessee including a decrease in a tax that impacts manufacturers, a reduction in the Franchise and Excise Tax and a decrease in the grocery tax that families pay. These tax cuts will result in approximately $270 million in savings for Tennessee businesses and families. When coupled with previous tax cuts these tax decreases would result in over $500 million in cuts implemented by Governor Haslam’s administration and the state legislature. The administration’s track record for fiscal responsibility is clear. The state has the lowest amount of debt in the country and the lowest tax burden per person in the nation.
The AGC of Tennessee’s Legislative Committee will be meeting very soon to review the Governor’s proposal to provide input on this important matter vital to the continued economic growth and development of the state, public safety and quality of life for the citizens of Tennessee.
We extend a special thanks to sponsors of the 2017 AGC of Tennessee Convention displayed below. Already, we have a number of companies sponsoring or inquiring about sponsorship opportunities at the Premier and Hospitality levels. We also offer other sponsorship opportutnites designed to fit a wide range of budgets. Very soon we will be contacting members with this year's sponsorship packet.
In the interim, if you would like to make arrangements to be a sponsor, please contact Marisa Buchanan for details. Please see the Convention Sponsor Page for all current sponsors who support the 2017 AGC of Tennessee Annual Convention at the various levels.
Sponsorships are an important part of making the annual meeting a success each year and a great way to put the name of your company or organization in front of the leaders and decisionmakers of the commercial construction industry in Tennessee. We hope to hear from you soon!
Premier Level Sponsors
Hospitality Level Sponsors
The AGC of Tennessee has developed a new publication for members. The e-newsletter is published to provide you with regular updates on AGC of Tennessee news and other information to members. The e-newsletter will be in addition to periodic legislative updates and other new you receive from the AGC of Tennessee office Nashville thoughout the year. We invite suggestions for topics that are newsworthy for members of the association. We hope you find the AGC of Tennessee Chronicle informative and enjoyable to read!
AGC Affinity Program
AGC has partnered with many vendors to offer AGC members discounts on their products and services. For more information, visit the membership page.
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