On April 16, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the formation of the Economic Recovery Group, a joint effort between public officials and private industry that will look at rebooting the state’s economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter President Clay Crownover was appointed to the group and will serve alongside 14 other industry representatives, state legislators and agency officials to draft recommendations, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
As of this writing, Tennessee’s stay-at-home order has been extended through the end of April. Gov. Lee, a longtime member of ABC, has said most businesses in the state will reopen on May 1 under the new guidelines.
Under an executive order issued by the governor on March 30, “construction-related services, including, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, school construction, construction related to essential activity or essential services, and housing construction" are permitted as part of the state’s designation of Essential Infrastructure Operations.
The appointment came in the same week that ABC National President and CEO Mike Bellaman was appointed to one of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups by President Donald Trump.