AGC of East Tennessee Selected to Receive the Tennessee Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy!
Thank you to Chattanooga State Community College for nominating our Chapter for this statewide award! Only four Regents Awards are given each year to organizations that demonstrate:
>> Read the Letter from Regent Danni Varlan, Chair of Committee on Public Affairs
Across the board, members have resolutely expressed that building a better pipeline of good people into construction is critical for the industry and your businesses, and so we are preparing for big, bold moves to make that happen with these goals in mind:
Our plan is to relocate our AGC office to a much larger space that will allow us to open an attached regional construction career and training center with experiential training, continuing education classroom instruction, a technology center, safety training, job placement coordination, and remote meeting and event space for our members.
AGC of East Tennessee has been leading an initiative with Hamilton County Schools, TCAT, Chatt State, The Chamber, the City, and other groups across the region to explore and develop this ambitious plan. We are being careful not to duplicate good efforts already working but rather fill gaps and deficiencies to create a more alignment and cohesion among our workforce partners.
Fortunately for us, past AGC leaders have been savvy stewards of chapter resources, and now is the time to put those resources in action to invest in our members. Our current office building is in a high growth area with prime real estate value. By leveraging the sale of our facility and identifying other funding sources, our intent is to build a state-of-the-art, career-focused space like no other in the region. A new location has not been confirmed yet. Ideally we would like to have 30,000 sf of building space plus parking, so if you know of some land or raw space that fits the bill, please let us know!
East Ridge High School Future Ready Institute of Building and Design Celebrates Year-Long Problem Based Project
Our Chapter's partner school hosted an event to celebrate the final phase of their year-long problem-based learning project. Students picked habitat enhancement in and around the Camp Jordan area as their focus. On May 7, students placed duck boxes and bat boxes of their own design and construction in the area surrounding Camp Jordan. In addition to placement of habitat enhancement students participated in the 1st Annual Construction Olympics.
As the construction industry faces a workforce crisis with a projected need of nearly 3 million workers by 2028, quality, skilled construction workers are in high demand. Workforce development is AGC of East Tennessee's top priority and, as such, our chapter is exploring ways to increase the quantity and quality of our workforce by creating more awareness of career paths and opportunities in construction.
With this focus in mind we have been working with Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) to develop pathways that will help build a better pipeline of skilled employees. The Executive Leadership of AGC supports the new proposed school budget primarily because it aligns with the Future Ready 2023 Strategic Plan with specific funding priorities that support future ready students.
Since Dr. Bryan Johnson took the reins as superintendent of the school system 18 months ago, we have seen seen innovation with intention that has led to exceptional progress, including a vigorous transformation in curriculum towards career-based learning to give students basic "career ready" skills and certifications by the time they graduate from high school. New work-based learning programs are now allowing students opportunities to apply their school work in real job environments.
Through the launch of the Future Ready Institutes, four high schools are now offering classes specifically centered around construction and engineering, offering more exposure and training for future industry workers. Future Ready Institutes are directly connecting private industry and employers with teachers to guide curriculum development, and with students to offer mentoring, training and stories of success.
This push towards career-based learning is critical to the success of our industry, and is providing students with an aptitude for 3-D spatial learning new opportunities to explore and use their gifts towards a rewarding career.
Equally important is HCDE’s shift in narrative that encourages students to follow their strengths instead of an obligatory push towards a 4-year degree, which has misled and isolated students with spatial learning strengths for decades.
The proposed budget increases will allow for:
Click here for more information about the proposed school budget.
AGC in East Tennessee will be joining AGC Tennessee in Nashville to discuss issues affecting the construction with state legislators on March 5 and 6. Over the course of the next 2 months, our Legislative Committee and staff will be working AGC Tennessee to define statewide legislative priorities and monitor this session's proposed legislation affecting the industry.
Schedule of Events:
March 5th- White Paper Debriefing- 2pm-4pm CST
March 5th- Legislative Reception co-hosted by AGC, AIA, ABC and ACEC - 5:30pm-7:30pm CST
March 6th- Day on the Hill Legislative Appointments- Starting at 7:30am CST
A room block at the DoubleTree Hotel Nashville Downtown has been secured for for March 5 with a special room rate of $239/night (plus taxes, fees, and on sight parking charges). Rooms must be booked by February 1. Contact Leslie Gower if you are interested in attending.
Starting this year, AGC of East Tennessee will partner with Core Safety Group and York Safety Solutions* to outsource various Safety Education Courses and Training in an effort to expand and raise the quality of our safety program. The partnership will allow for new hands on and experiential training sessions for attendees. AGC Safety Director Tom Hutto will continue to teach OSHA-10, OSHA-30 and other classroom courses and will soon be partnering with Chatt State to instruct their OSHA classes as well. Tom will also continue to provide safety consulting services for AGC members.
AGC members receive deep discount member pricing on AGC Safety classes at a 40% savings over non-member rates.
* Classes with York Safety Solutions will begin in April 2019.
Bill Courtney’s story is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, Undefeated, following his experience coaching an inner city high school football team in Memphis. This documentary has been hailed as "the real-life version of Friday Night Lights—albeit twice as poignant."
Since then, Bill has focused on running his successful lumber company and has written the inspiring book, “Against the Grain”, that speaks to character, family, leadership, commitment and faith.
Effective March 1, 2019, the 2012 IECC Energy Code and 2017 NEC standards for electrical will go into effect for construction projects within the City of Chattanooga. (The original effective date was January 1 but the Land Development Office extended it to March after discussions with AIA Chattanooga and AGC.)
2012 IECC Energy Code Resources:
AGC of East Tennessee has new code books and resources for members to guide you through new changes. Stop by the AGC office or contact Cathy Stone to get your free copies.
The City of Chattanooga will be hosting a 7-hour training session on 2012 IECC on January 29 from 8 am - 4 pm at the Development Resource Center. Click to register and for more details
In addition, green l spaces is hosting a Lunch & Learn panel discussion on Wednesday, January 9 from 11:30 - 1 pm at 63 East Main Street. Click here for more details
2017 NEC Resources:
New changes with the commercial adaptations in red: Click here
State of Tennessee Electrical Rules: Click here
For questions, contact Charles Young, Assistant Director of Development Services at the City of Chattanooga at (423) 643-5801 or email@example.com.
AGC's Education and Workforce Development Committee encourages AGC members to donate new Hard Hats, Gloves and Goggles for the students at East Ridge Future Ready Institute of Building and Design. School faculty needs to equip 130 students for construction based projects. Donations will be accepted through September 28.
AGC of East Tennessee is the sponsor for East Ridge's Future Ready Institute of Building and Design, which is the largest Future Ready Institute in Hamilton County. AGC members serving on the Building and Design Advisory Committee are:
Marvin Cornelison (Raines Brothers), Chair;
Bo Bentley (TT Wilson), Vice Chair;
Denise Fry (AGC Membership Services), Secretary Treasurer;
Mike Davis (DBS Corporation), and
Turner Wood (Triad Electric).
Special thanks to Mike Davis at DBS Corporation for the hard hat drive idea!