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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.
On May 20, 2015, Governor Haslam signed into law the Go Build Tennesse Act to energize interest in construction related education and jobs across the state of Tennessee. Just under one yeat later on May 18, 2016, Go Build Tennessee went live to help rebuild the skilled construction labor market in the state and propel the construction industry in Tennessee forward.
Go Build Tennessee 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.
Key principals associated with the Go Build Tennessee program in Tennessee gathered on Capitol Hill in Nashville to kick off this important initiative. The Go Build program will be 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 will be 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.
The 110th General Assembly will convene on January 10, 2017. There is no doubt there will be legislation contemplated and introduced that will impact the construction industry in Tennessee. With a Republican supermajority in both houses of government and a Republican Governor legislation can move with great speed. Making certain the position of AGC of Tennessee is understood and your voice is heard at the state legislature is important.
Once again this year AGC of Tennessee will conduct a "Day on the Hill" event where appointments will be made with individual House and Senate members to deliver a "White Paper" on bills targeted to affect the construction industry. This year the event is being held earlier in the year to ensure we have the opportunity to weigh in on legislation of interest to our members. The event starts with a dinner on February 21, 2017 with meetings on Capitol Hill beginning on the morning of February 22, 2016. We will make appointments with individual representatives in the morning and afternoon of that date.
A block of 30 rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville, which is located just a short walk from Legislative Plaza. The rate for the hotel is $239.00 for the evening of Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Please note the deadline to register for hotel rooms is January 18, 2017.
The rooms will be issued on a first come, first served basis! We will have a CASH BAR reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST and free dinner at 6:30 p.m. for all attendees arranged for that night. Here is the Agenda for the event:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.– AGC of Tennessee Board of Directors Meeting
5:30pm - 6:30 p.m. – Cash Bar Reception at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Dinner at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse – This meal is free!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:30 a.m. – Meet in Lobby - Walk from the Sheraton Downtown Hotel to the Legislative Plaza
MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS!
Your involvement is vital to ensure legislators have a full understanding about issues and legislation important to members of the commercial construction industry across Tennessee. The event gives each member of the AGC of Tennessee the opportunity to have a true impact on the industry providing their livelihood!
If you have any comments or topics you would like to discuss regarding legislative matters, please contact Grace Masterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 615-244-4555.
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 the Premier and Hospitality sponsors of the 2016 AGC of Tennessee Convention displayed below. We also greatly appreciate the participation of all the other sponsors who help support the annual gathering of members in Destin. Please see the Convention Sponsor Page for all of the sponsors whose support the 2016 AGC of Tennessee Annual Convention.
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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!
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