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The Construction Industry Alliance’s Suicide Prevention Summit was a tremendous experience of information

The Construction Industry Alliance’s Suicide Prevention Summit was a tremendous experience of information, lived experiences and inspiration. Keynote international speaker Sally Spencer-Thomas gave a compelling presentation, including her own story. Sally aims to change the conversations we have about mental illness and suicide. Even the language describing these situations people live with needs to alter. (See photos.) She is particularly concerned about the construction industry due to its ranking of highest number of suicides. (CDC 2012) Sally creatively shared how the culture (stoic/macho), age (45-52) and race (Caucasian) are risk factors. For companies, for every $1 spent on prevention, $2.50 is saved in productivity. Surviving families estimate that twenty co-workers are affected by one suicide. And so on…  This must-watch video has been extremely effective in getting men to self-assess. Man Therapy  Two kind, brave speakers shared their lived experiences about ... Read the rest of entry »

Knoxville Third Wednesday grows with huge turnout

The Knoxville office's new Third Wednesday monthly networking event saw huge turnout this Wednesday at Bearden Hill Fieldhouse. More than triple the amount from the month before were in attendance, gathering information, creating friendships, building their business, and gaining work. 

Next month's event proves to be even bigger as we will be moving locations to accommodate the large crowds that are now attending. The September event is sponsored by Stansell Electric Company and we hope you can attend. 

If you would like to sponsor the October and November Third Wednesday, please contact Clay

Title sponsorship for Third Wednesdays:
$250Event Sponsorship for Third Wednesdays:
$125 or
2 at $70

Visit the East Tennessee page for more information or visit our Flickr page for all the images from the event. 

2017 Contractor Showcase a huge success

ABC's 2017's Contractors Showcase built on it's amazing success from 2016 with a huge networking and business focused contractor showcase this year. The event at the Fairgrounds was full of people networking and learning about what our members offer, as well as building on their business by making the necessary contacts to do so.  We would like to acknowledge the amazing support of our Presenting Sponsor, Columbia CDJRF for bringing out trucks and a van and having staff there, led by Daniel Rhodes, to show the quality of their products. Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat is also a national discount program, so our audience got a firsthand look at what the ABC discount can apply to.  Thank you to our Event Sponsors: Herring Technology, Rio Grande Fence, Sunbelt, Brand/Safway and Corsair Distillery. They all had their products featured front and center, from equipment holding our banner to fencing used to delineate booths to scaffolding and technology and locally brewed liquor. What a great way to ... Read the rest of entry »

Brunch with Randy Boyd in Knoxville

Brunch w/ Randy Boyd

Please join us as we welcome 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd as he runs across the State of Tennessee for Governor.

When: Fri, September 8, 2017 (9:30am-11:00am)

Where: Foundry on the Fair (747 World's Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37902)


Early Bird Member Cost: $30

Early Bird Non-Member Cost: $40

Register

East Tennessee Golf Classic is a complete success

The East Tennessee members of the Greater Tennessee Chapter had a great time at the 2017 East Tennessee Classic. Over 80 players braved the weather, with the rain holding off, to gather together, play some golf, network, and have a great time. Thank you to all of our sponsors and here is to looking forward to our Clay Shoot in the Fall and our tournament in 2018. Also, congratulations to Aggregates USA for placing in First Place in the tournament. Good job!

East Tennessee Golf Classic

Day on the Hill Highlights

Day on the Hill Highlights

On February 21-22, we held our annual Day on the Hill briefing the policy makers in the Tennessee General Assembly on our positions on bills pertaining to the construction industry in Tennessee. The two day event, in partnership with AGC, began at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse on Tuesday and concluded on Wednesday with around 80 members in attendance on behalf of the industry.

Working under the ABC- Greater TN and Tennessee Construction Coalition banner, we advocated on the bills most important to the growth of the industry.

Thank you to our volunteers Kristen Morris (Waste Management) and Javi Sardy (Trade Management).  

Pictures for the event can be found by clicking the picture below. 

2017 Day on the Hill

ABC Economist speaks to ABC of Greater TN Members at membership meeting

Anirban Basu, a leading economist shared a macro look at our local and world economy, with his well-know dash of humor. He went over the estimated global output around the world, with Asia/China/India leading the way. Anticipated population growth and output makes a dynamic difference in the shifting growth of economies around the world. Traditional countries of power have fewer births and in return less people who will be consumers and workers in nations. Anirban looked at the implications of world debt to growth, oil production, employment ratios and so on.  Anirban learned a good life lesson when he tried to pick up girls with his nerdy facts about the Baltic Dry index. That did not work well, however after he abandoned that approach he finally got married. The Gross Domestic Product has many complicated parts. Anirban recommended caution in having high hopes of a the high kind of growth experienced in the 80’s and 90’s. Everyone wants that, but we will have to see how the political ... Read the rest of entry »

East Tennessee Membership Meeting "Safety and Silica"

Please join us as we welcome Steve Hawkins, Administrator, Tennessee State Occupational Safety and Health to discuss the safety issues that will affect the construction industry in Tennessee in 2017, including the new Silica rules. 

Lunch will be provided at the Historic Southern Railway Station (Downstairs Ballroom) from 11:30am - 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 28th.
Admission for the event is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. 

Registration is required for the event at this link.

Governor Haslam, State Rep. Eddie Smith and ABC of Greater TN join ABC to highlight Careers in Construction Month

Knoxville, Tenn., October 14- ABC of Greater Tennessee, Governor Haslam, and State Representative Eddie Smith joined together today to highlight Careers in Construction Month. "The Construction trade industry nationwide is facing about a 1.1 million shortage of the workforce," said State Representative Eddie Smith, "so today we are here to highlight some of the things happening in Knoxville. The construction trades industry needs your help." Construction has provided fulfilling, family-supporting careers for American workers for generations. However, industry growth, an aging workforce and a lack of emphasis on the lucrative construction career track in our schools has contributed to a shortage of skilled workers in the industry. This shortage is projected to reach 1.1 million skilled workers over the next decade, according to the Construction Labor Market Analyzer. That's why ABC of Greater Tennessee has committed over the next year to work with our area schools on promoting the trades within our lo ... Read the rest of entry »

Knox Couny Mayor Tim Burchett speaks to Members in Knoxville

On Thursday, September 15th, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett laid out the political landscape to the ABC Greater TN membership in Knoxville. The event was held at Cherokee Country Club. She the photo gallery on our Facebook page

 

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