11:45 AM11:45

Business Lunch: Unveiling Industry Trends with Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for AGC of America

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As one of the most respected voices in construction across the nation with more than 40 years of experience in evaluating the industry, Ken Simonson will be sharing his insights into trends and economic factors affecting the construction industry.

Kenneth D. Simonson has been Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and The Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to 43,000 subscribers.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. He currently serves on the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

COST: $22.00 for AGC Members



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AGC Spring Golf Benefit
11:00 AM11:00

AGC Spring Golf Benefit

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Get your foursome ready for a fun day on the links at beautiful Council Fire Golf Club with other AGC members and friends in the industry! 

The event will include a four-person scramble, free food and beverages, door prizes, and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one.

Proceeds benefit the AGC of East Tennessee Scholarship Fund.

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the tournament - perfect for any business or organization to get great exposure and to get in front of leaders in construction.


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5:30 PM17:30

Business Dinner: Innovative Approaches to Workforce Development, Mike Dunham, CEO of AGC Georgia

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Two words get Mike Dunham fired up ... workforce development. This 2-time AGA of America Executive of the Year is passionate about building a solid workforce and has helped create some innovative strategies that are gaining momentum in Georgia.  Mike will share initiatives he helped foster that have impact, and what your role can be in building a better workforce.

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Lunch & Learn:  Oak Ridge National Labs
11:45 AM11:45

Lunch & Learn: Oak Ridge National Labs

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Talk about innovation!  Talk about research and engineering that's changing the world!  Jeff Cornett from ORNL will be joining us for a lunch and learn to find out more about what's happening at this multi-program science and technology laboratory. You won't want to miss this! 

$10.00 for AGC Members

Lunch provided.

For inquiries please contact Denise Fry at denise@agcetn.org or 423-265-1111.

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2:00 PM14:00

Free AGC Webinar: Lean Construction Education Program Presents: Ask the Instructor

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Register for a Complimentary AGC WebEd Presented by AGC of America

All WebEd times are in EST

Member Price: FREE
Non Member Price: FREE


AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) Instructors Mark Federle, PhD, CM-Lean, Marquette University and Colin Milberg, PhD, ASKM & Associates partner with AGC’s LCEP Curriculum Developer Warren Kiesel to answer questions from the LCEP community of approved instructors. These Lean curriculum experts are available to offer explanations and solutions to the challenges of delivering LCEP courses. Questions can be asked of any curriculum topic.

All LCEP instructors and those interested in becoming an instructor are encouraged to participate.

Do you have a LCEP course question you would like answered? Send in your questions to Ask An Instructor(link sends e-mail). For instructor resources please visit AGC.org/Lean

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New Monthly Mixers! Heaven & Ale Brewing Company
5:00 PM17:00

New Monthly Mixers! Heaven & Ale Brewing Company

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Network with other leaders in construction at our new Monthly Mixer!  This casual event will be held at various locations across Chattanooga on the Third Thursday of each month from 5 - 6:30 pm. 

This month, swing by Heaven & Ale (304 Cherokee in North Shore) on Thursday, March 15.  Members may bring a non-member guest who is connected to the construction industry (architects, developers, planners, engineers, etc.)  This event is free. 



The March Monthly Mixer is generously sponsored by our friends at
Brock Insurance Agency!

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2:00 PM14:00

AGC Webinar: Scheduling Best Practices


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Member Price: $79
Non-Member Price: $99

All WebEd times are in EST

The intended purpose of scheduling on a construction project is to help ensure that all activities necessary to complete the work in accordance with the requirements of the contract documents are properly planned, staffed, coordinated and executed in an orderly and expeditious manner. Schedules not only assist in compelling the proper coordination of the work, but they also contribute to the owner's decision making with respect to the evaluation of the contractor's payment applications and proposed changes to the contract.
Without a clearly articulated scheduling specification in the contract documents, proper project scheduling may be dispensed with as a way of saving costs. Standard contracts often provide very little direction to the contractor with respect to project scheduling requirements. Elements such as specific timing, level of detail, content and formatting, among others, are often not addressed clearly, if at all. As such, adequate project schedules will very likely not be developed and the multiple benefits of creating them will not be achieved.
This webinar's goal is to demonstrate the importance of a detailed project schedule specification in a construction contract and identify the key components that can be used by both parties for better project control, decision-making and, if necessary, resolution of claims.

Learning Objectives:

• What schedule requirements are typically delineated in standard contracts
• Why an owner would want to include a detailed scheduling specification in a construction contract
• What key elements should be considered for incorporation in a detailed scheduling specification
• What common challenges and realities need to be considered in developing a detailed scheduling specification and
• What role the owner should expect to play in the development and execution of project schedules

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6:00 PM18:00

AGC Annual Member Meeting


Register and pay now with credit card:

Register by emailing Denise Fry.  Include name(s) of attendee(s).  You can pay at event or request an invoice.

We're shaking things up!  This year, we're taking over the new Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery in Downtown for our AGC Annual Meeting.  Have fun connecting with old and new friends in the industry over whiskey tastings, distillery tours, and live music, and enjoy wonderful food as we share a vision for our chapter moving forward.

6 pm: Social Hour / Distillery Tours / Whiskey Tastings
7 pm: Dinner and State of AGC of East Tennessee
8 pm: Live Music by Tyson Leamon & WL Drifters

Tickets $90 per person
Free onsite parking available
Price includes 3 drink tickets



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Women Wine & Welding!
5:30 PM17:30

Women Wine & Welding!

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Attention Ladies of AGC!

In honor of "Women in Construction" week, join us for an evening of fellowship with other ladies and try your hand at welding your own decorative bowl.  Enjoy an hour and a half class where you will learn how to weld and make your own decorative bowl made of washers that you will take home with you.  The class will be followed up with wine and social time. Space is limited.  Register today! 

Cost:  $35.00 per AGC member

To register by email or if you have any questions, please contact Denise Fry at denise@agcetn.org or 423-265-1111

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3:00 PM15:00

Free AGC Webinar: You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About: How Data Defuses Difficult Conversations

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Register for a Complimentary AGC WebEd Presented by AGC of America

As construction industry managers and leaders, we all know there are conversations and personalities that we tend to avoid in the workplace. We also know this is a strategy that rarely leads to excellence. What if there was a better way to manage difficult conversations that took some of the emotion out of the discussion?

This webinar will address these points and enable you to:

• Discover strategies and tactics for how to work with three difficult personalities: the Know-It-Alls, the Dictators, and the Complainers.
• Learn how to use behavioral data to proactively defuse difficult conversations before they begin.
• Walk away with a “Difficult Conversations Checklist” that gives you the steps to make difficult conversations less difficult and more useful.
• Walk away with your Predictive Index® Behavioral Profile (3-page report).

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7:45 AM07:45

AGC Breakfast with New Chattanooga Area Chamber President, Christy Gillenwater

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Register and pay now with credit card

Register via email to Denise Fry.  Include name(s) of attendee(s) in email.  Pay at the door or request an invoice.

Join us for coffee talk with the new leader of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 21.  Christy Gillenwater, who took the helm of the Chamber last month, will be sharing insights on regional growth strategies and workforce development initiatives. 

Where:  INCubator Building (100 Blvd, Suite 100 in North Shore)
7:45 am:  Continental breakfast and networking
8:15 am:  Welcome and presentation
Cost:  AGC Members, $12; Non-Members $20

Reservations required.  Space is limited and available on first come, first served basis.  Surface parking close to building.  Do not park in the red zone or you'll be towed!

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2:00 PM14:00

Free AGC Webinar: The Survival Guide for General Contractors

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Register for a Complimentary AGC WebEd Presented by AGC of America

From safety to financials, and everything in between, find out what you need to know to survive in the growing sea of competition.

Join the conversation with Mike Wood, Director of Enterprise Sales Engineering at Procore, as he details:

• What you absolutely need to know today to stay in business (and it's not what you think)
• How technology can help you win more business
• How to accelerate your processes and retain a happier workforce (with the labor shortage, this advice can help)

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8:30 AM08:30

AGC Education Committee Meeting

Where: AGC of East Tennessee Training Center


The AGC Education Committee will be meeting to discuss potential new continuing education programs for members.  If you are interested in joining the AGC Education Commmittee, please contact Lenore Cawthorne at lenore@agcetn.org or 423-265-1111.

Education Committee Members:

  • Jimmy Lail, Chair: Raines Brothers Construction
  • Jimmy Sikes:  ASA Engineering
  • Mike Davis: DBS Corporation
  • Betty Grable: First Volunteer Bank
  • Kell Harvey: JAT Oil
  • Jason Medeiros: Pointe General Contractors
  • Adam Dial: Pro-Coat
  • Marvin Cornelison: Raines Brothers Construction
  • Will Tutton: Southeast Painters
  • Daphney Kirksey: Tennessee American Water
  • Arch Willingham: TU Parks Construction
  • Jim Bivens: Stowers 
  • Nic Cornelison: P&C Construction
  • Jerod Gilley: Construction Consultants
  • Kay Keefe: Keefe Plumbing
  • Todd Mayse: Mayse Construction
  • Jamie Thomas: Thomas Brothers Construction
  • Randy Wilson: Miller & Martin
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2:00 PM14:00

Free AGC Webinar: Tax Reform’s Impact on Your Construction Business & Market


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Congress recently passed the most far-reaching tax reform legislation since 1986. No matter what your construction market—public or private—or construction firm—C-corporation, S-corporation, LLC, LLP, or partnership—the new tax reform law will have an impact on you.

During this webinar, you will hear tax and accounting firm CBIZ’s Cord Armstrong—a CPA and leader in the firm’s National Construction Industry Practice Group—AGC’s lead infrastructure and tax lobbyists and policy experts on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of the Treasury—Sean O’Neill and Matt Turkstra, respectively— and Chief Economist Ken Simonson discuss:

·         The impact of the new law on your construction business—no matter the type, C-corp, S-corp, LLC, partnership or so forth;

·         Things your business should consider before converting to a C-corp, such as the 20 percent pass-through deduction and how it works;

·         Changes to tax incentives for public and private construction, including but not limited to private activity bonds and the historic tax credit;

·         Ambiguities in the law to be aware of and the chances of this Congress enacting “technical corrections” to address them;

·         What’s next for the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service when it comes to issuing guidance and regulations to help you understand how to comply; and

·         How AGC advocated for your construction business throughout this process and continues to do so. 

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2:00 PM14:00

Amerisure Meeting: "SureCon for AGC/TN" Worker's Compensation Program

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Amerisure representatives will host an unveiling and introductory meeting of a new Worker's Compensation Program, SureCon for AGC/TN, at AGC of East Tennessee's Training Center.  All members are encouraged to attend to learn more about this new option.

The announcement of the new program is a culmination of nearly 8 months of discussions with the CompTrust Trustees and Amerisure Insurance Company representatives. Amerisure is a national A M Best "A" rated company with a major focus on construction risks for over 100 years. 

If you plan to attend, RSVP to denise@agcetn.org at your earliest convenience.


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