Big Proposals at the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in DC
On March 20, 2014 the AIA’s local, state, regional, and national leaders will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend AIA’s Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, where we will speak with our state representatives to deliver our “Punch List." We will advocate for much-needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency and job creation for small businesses.
Our Conference representatives will not only advocate on behalf of architects, but also on behalf the clients and communities whom we serve. Together, we all face significant economic, infrastructural, and environmental challenges. The Punch List proposes specific ways that we can address them. In addition to formal presentation, our representatives will also tell stories of personal experiences to help explain to Congress that the architectural profession is ready and able to help, and why it is important to ignite the construction economy right now.
I’m proud of the work that the AIA community has done to put this Punch List together — of the ideas that our architectural community have put forward, the discussions we’ve had, and the work done by our leadership members to craft our proposal. As YAF Chair, I’m particularly excited by Punch List item #3: Invest in the next generation of design leaders. Please give it a read. It’s important for the future of our profession, and our profession’s capacity to continue to contribute to our communities.
And I’d like you to share your thoughts and ideas about this or the other Punch List items with the AIA. If you could share one thought with Congress, what would it be? What are the key issues affecting you and your community? This is one great way to have a voice and make a difference in your own community — at a local, state, regional, or national level.
I know that I speak on behalf of all of my peers in the AIA when I say that we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, or join the Twitter conversation with @AIANational and @DLRGroup using #aiagr14.