NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Clay Bright as Chief Executive Officer of the Megasite Authority of West Tennessee. Bright is currently commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
“The Megasite Authority will ensure the success of this historic project, and Clay brings the dedication and expertise to lead this group,” Governor Lee said. “His proven success in managing complex projects, his successful tenure in the Department of Transportation and his dedication to serving the Tennessees make him the ideal person.”
Bright brings over four decades of construction industry expertise with experience in project development and delivery. In 2019, he was appointed Transportation Commissioner by Governor Lee to oversee the statewide transportation system, including highways, railways, airports, waterways and public transportation. .
Prior to joining the Lee administration, Bright spent 36 years with Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest construction companies. Under his leadership for 20 years, the Nashville office he founded has completed over $ 3 billion in construction and has grown to employ over 200 people. Bright was involved in the development of several of Nashville’s most notable construction projects, starting with the iconic Bellsouth (AT&T) building in 1990 and later, including the Bridgestone Tower, the expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame , Roundabout Plaza, Suntrust Plaza, Tractor Supply Headquarters, and many more.
Bright is an active member of the Nashville business community, serving on several boards and commissions. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons and are members of Christ Presbyterian Church.
Joe Galbato, the current head of the Administration Office at the Ministry of Transport, will assume the duties of Acting Commissioner.
The Megasite Authority of West Tennessee will provide the services necessary to operate and develop Ford Motor Company’s landmark $ 5.6 billion investment in the Megasite of West Tennessee. An analysis from the Center for Economic Research, a division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, predicts that Ford’s historic investment will translate into significant economic gains. It is expected to generate temporary construction benefits, including $ 5.6 billion in capital investment in buildings and other real estate improvements. In addition, the equivalent of 33,000 direct, indirect and induced temporary jobs are expected to support the construction period, with approximately $ 1.87 billion in wages related to construction activity and $ 178.9 million in tax revenue. of State.