The U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and the European Union effective June 1. These countries were previously spared from the March 23 imposed 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. At least 30 percent of imported steel came from these nations in 2017. As a result, contractors may expect further increases in domestic steel prices and mill delivery delays that could increase their construction costs and delay project delivery. These countries are expected to subject U.S. goods to trade retaliation.
AGC continues to advocate for members before the Administration and Congress:
In addition, AGC continues to generate media coverage on the impacts of the tariffs on the construction industry.
Back injuries represent the largest single contributor in injury cases and insurance claims in the construction industry. More than one out of five work-related injuries is a back injury and cause more than 100 million lost workdays annually. What can you do to protect your employees?
The AGC of East Tennessee’s mission is to lead and improve the professional construction industry with Skill, Integrity and Responsibility. This mission lead to the creation of The AGC of East Tennessee Scholarship program.
This scholarship provides assistance to students pursuing a degree in construction or a construction-related program at a non-proprietary, technical, community or four-year college or university. If awarded, this scholarship will range from $500-$3,000 per academic year, depending on your course schedule, grades and other factors. The final determination of the award amount is at the sole discretion of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is anticipating the addition of a $17 million technical building within the next few years — a project school officials say is needed to meet the demand for skilled industrial and building trade workers in the area.
Chattanooga's population continues to clip along. New census estimates show the city of Chattanooga gained nearly 2,000 more people in 2017 — the most for any year since 2010. The growth rate last year of about 1.1 percent was the best among Tennessee's four biggest cities, the data show.
Cabeen Originals is an amazing artisan woodworking company that crafts beautiful bars, cabinetry, ceilings, tables, desks and more for commercial and residential use. Aaron Cabeen, a son of a carpenter, learned lessons of the trade from his dad and uses as much reclaimed lumber in his work as possible.
On May 21, the city of Chattanooga's Stormwater Committee passed a recommendation from the city's Water Quality Department to raise Water Quality fees 10% year over year for the next 5 years, and to increase Land Disturbance Fee Permits from $30/acre to $300/acre. The recommendation goes before City Council on June 12.
AGC of East Tennessee, alongside the Chattanooga Home Builders Association, Chattanooga Realtors Association and others, expressed concern at the Stormwater Committee Public Meeting about the lack of public input and process, and the lack of transparency in sharing what the increase in fees would cover.
AGC members who shared their thoughts with staff said that an increase may be validated if those fees would increase efficiencies in the permitting process, inspections, and payment on projects. With the Land Disturbance Permit fee increase, Water Quality Department said that at least 2 inspectors will be hired and the fees will help remedy software glitches that cause delays in permitting.
It is less clear what the Water Quality fee increases will fund. The impact of these fees will keenly affect large property owners and in many cases will exceed city property taxes. Below is a link to the information the city provided about the increases that was released to the public one week prior to the Stormwater Committee meeting.
In April, AGC of America's Chief Economist Ken Simonson presented the outlook for construction spending, labor and materials for Tennessee and the United States to our membership. Click here to view the full report.