D.R. Horton to Further Invest in Relationship with Tennessee Center for Applied Technology

Friday, Mary, 2023

TCAT to compete at Bristol Motor Speedway’s “Race to Build”, a collegiate competition to provide housing free of charge to veterans.

D.R. Horton’s Northeast Tennessee division is sponsoring Tennessee Center for Applied Technology’s (TCAT) participation in the 9th annual “Race to Build” collegiate competition hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway and Appalachia Service Project.

“Race to Build 2023 will provide an opportunity to highlight two great needs in our community: affordable housing and workforce development,” said Walter Crouch, President and CEO of Appalachia Service Project. “Where better to do that locally than at Bristol Motor Speedway with community partners like TCAT and D.R. Horton? And to top it off, a family will receive a new home, mortgage free!”

The announcement marks TCAT’s first appearance in the three day competition, where University Construction Management programs from around the country come to Bristol to build a home from start to finish, competing for national recognition, cash prizes and most importantly providing a home, free of charge, for a veteran family of Northeast Tennessee.

“We are excited to see this relationship come to fruition. Working together and with such high levels of support,” states David Hicks, TCAT President. “We’re building bridges that will reap educational and economic benefits for years to come for students, families and the communities we serve.”

This sponsorship is a continuation of community investments made in support of regional construction trades. In March of this year, D.R. Horton announced a scholarship to support students attending TCAT’s residential construction trades program at both the Sullivan North extension campus, along with the upcoming Boone’s Creek campus. D.R. Horton and local supply partners, Builders FirstSource and Ferguson, are excited to support workforce development in the area and continue to support thousands of jobs with new home construction in the area.

“The residential construction trades are seeing a shift over the next ten years,” Barak Saltzman, City Manager for D.R. Horton in Northeast Tennessee, states, “We are excited to support a new generation joining this amazing industry, while also giving back to veterans who have minimal financial means for safe, new housing. We are excited to be a part of an upward cycle of prosperity in Northeast Tennessee.”

To learn more about the Race to Build, please visit: https://asphome.org/r2b/, or contact:

Barak Saltzman
City Manager at D.R. Horton
BSaltzman@drhorton.com, (865) 214-0007

David Hicks
President, Tennessee Center for Applied Technology
david.hicks@tcatelizabethton.edu, 423-543-0070

Walter Crouch
President & CEO, Appalachia Service Project
wcrouch@asphome.org, (423) 854-4422


Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 109 markets in 33 states in the North, East, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and Northwest regions of the United States. D.R. Horton has been the largest builder in the United States by volume since 2002. For over 40 years, D.R. Horton has consistently delivered top-quality new homes to homebuyers across the nation. The livable floor plans, energy-efficient features and robust new home warranty demonstrate our commitment to excellence in construction. D.R. Horton exhibits leadership in residential development through design innovation, superior craftsmanship and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The simple vision that began over 40 years ago represents years of value and security when you choose America’s Builder to make your dreams come true. For more information, visit our website at www.drhorton.com/tennessee/knoxville/. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder. 

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