|Working together to build the best contractor community…
through unity and leadership.
“…building the best contractor community in the world.”
Our history, vision, mission and objectives
In January of 2001, a new “chapter” in the lives of both the Dallas/East Texas and Fort Worth AGC’s was added. The Dallas/East Texas and Fort Worth AGC chapters merged, creating the new “super” chapter named TEXO. “TEXO” symbolizes the unity of two long-standing, successful organizations, the Dallas/East Texas and Fort Worth Chapters. It also symbolizes the coming together of general and specialty contractors for strength, unity, and effective leadership of all contractors, which is the force that will help us “build
the best contractor community in the world.”
TEXO serves the needs of all of its members with or without collective bargaining agreements. A leadership team of four officers leads the Chapter, each holding their respective office for one year, and twenty-one other Board members representing the entire membership base consisting of 1411 member firms.
Established in 1924, the Dallas Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America is a full-service construction association with 740 member firms including 140 contractor members (130 general contractors and 10 specialty contractors) and 600 associate members (comprised of specialty contractors, service companies and suppliers).
The Fort Worth Chapter AGC chartered by the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. was organized in the spring of 1924 and formally chartered on May 28, 1925. From this beginning, just 5 years prior to the Depression of the early 1930’s, the Fort Worth Chapter moved forward through those dire days of economic turndown. Seventy-six years later, the Fort Worth chapter boasts a membership of over 400 members.
The East Texas Chapter AGC was chartered by the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. on December 28, 1949 and began serving the East Texas community. The region is comprised of a diverse base of general contractor firms, specialty contractors, service companies and suppliers providing service to the construction industry. In 1988 the East Texas Chapter AGC merged with the Dallas Chapter and strengthened its base or resources.
TEXO’S contractor members have put in place over $40 billion of commercial construction since 1981. Included in the portfolios of member firms are every high rise building on the Dallas and Fort Worth skylines including the newest landmark-the American Airlines Center stadium. Other major projects by member firms include the Bass Towers, TXU and Southwestern Bell building. Corporate headquarters for EDS and JCPenney, as well as the corporate complex for Northern Telecom, and GTE.
TEXO has the area’s largest construction industry political action committee contributing over $400,000 to lobbying efforts since its inception in 1970. The Chapter’s Education and Research Foundation (now the TEXO Foundation) has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships to college students in the construction science departments of Region 5 Universities. Many of these students have since been recruited and employed by our Chapter’s member firms.
Through several strategic planning efforts in the last decade, TEXO has better positioned itself for continued future success and quality growth. This has meant challenging the status quo and looking at new and innovative ways to “stay closer to our members.” Most noteworthy in this regard is our transition two years ago from Chapter committees to the very successful Member Forums. These Forums are now providing a place for members to come together and explore ways to resolve mutual issues.
With the merger, the metroplex is now one market (members work throughout the area), strengthening member services, while enhancing our clout and influence. Both Chapters combined have over 150 years of history and experience, the new association will take the “best of the best” from each Chapter and build on the Chapters’ strengths, strengthening or eliminating any weaknesses and build an extraordinary new Chapter.
Members are located throughout the North and East Texas areas and TEXO’S membership accounts for billions of dollars of construction work in North and East Texas. TEXO serves the construction industry in the following Texas counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Montague, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, San
Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Summerville, Tarrant, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wise, and Wood.
The TEXO Education and Research Foundation is a non-profit Foundation designed to support our Chapter’s relationships with the higher education community and in particular, Region 5 Universities. The Foundation is currently endowed at approximately $800,000 and its operations support the successful workforce development and recruitment programs that are popular with our members-namely, interview day, student competition, student and faculty scholarships, and construction science department grants.
Through the generous support of our members and their sponsorships plus additional funds contributed by the Chapter, this Foundation stays active throughout the year in serving our industry and local communities.
The TEXO Foundation raises money throughout the year through the generous support of TEXO members. Much of these funds raised are for use in supporting the Region 5 universities and students. It is our goal that through university support and student scholarships, that we can draw the best and brightest students to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships on an annual basis. After receiving the applications, the TEXO Foundation reviews their contents and determines which students will receive a scholarship interview.
Many factors weigh into the decision of awarding scholarships, and the foundation members take personal time to visit with the candidates in a panel interview.
The Construction Department Grants to provide universities with funds to further their construction education efforts. The TEXO Foundation proposes that the funds be used for projects, learning materials, educational outings or equipment.
The student competition is an event sponsored by TEXO. It is an event in which universities build student teams to tackle a simulated bid situation. The students are given project information and are then allotted a short time to prepare the bid and presentation materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, charts, and proposal packages.
Students participate in this activity voluntarily, and present their proposals to a panel of industry professionals as though they were working for a company in the industry.
This event is a wonderful opportunity for students to get practical experience putting together meaningful documentation expected in the industry, as well as enables them to display their talents to potential employers (TEXO members are encouraged to be part of the audience).
Refer to the Competition Information page.
AGC Student Chapters
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