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Legislation to help recruit Tennessee construction workers becomes law

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - A new law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam aims to educate and recruit more young people for the construction industry.

According to Skip Burks of the West Tennessee branch for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the average construction worker in Tennessee is over 50 years old.

Burks said for every five construction workers who retire, change professions, or die, only one worker replaces them.

He added there are few guidance and counseling resources for teaching young adults about the construction industry.

The new legislation, signed into law May 20, is designed to help change that by establishing “Go Build Tennessee.”

The program's purpose is to educate and recruit young adults to the construction industry through media campaigns, advertising videos, and website development.

According to the AGC press release, the program will be funded by “excess revenue collected by the Board for Licensing Contractors of fees for applications, renewals and fines, so all licensed contractors will be, potentially, benefiting from the increased number of trained craft workers soon to be entering the construction industry.”

A 501(c)(3) corporation will be established to administer the program and will include members from the AGC, Home Builders of Tennessee, Tennessee Road Builders, and other members in the industry.

Burks said the corporation will soon receive more than $2 million to fund the efforts spelled out in the legislation from the Licensing Board.

For more information, visit the AGC West Tennessee Branch at tnagc.org/westtn.

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