AIA Grassroots Conference a Success

Each year AIA National holds a Grassroots Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. so that state and region members can meet with U.S. legislators and communicate the importance of architect’s issues at a National level. Grassroots also helps to strengthen relationships between members of Congress and the architectural profession year after year.

This year’s Grassroots conference was a great success. In a recent email to the AIA Board the EVP/CEO, Chris McEntee, noted the following, “that the level of energy, commitment and excitement among attendees was as high as I have ever seen. Despite the economic challenges our members face – or perhaps because of them – AIA leaders are ready to stand up for the profession and ensure that economic recovery empowers architects to rebuild and renew the country.”AIA members from Washington State and the NW & Pacific Region meet with members of congress and spoke about ensuring economic recovery of funds for the best designed projects, an energy efficient tax deduction, promoting healthy communities through transportation funding, and making health care more affordable.

Above is a picture of AIA Washington Council members meeting with US Representative for Washington’s fifth district, Cathy McMorris. Picture (from left to right) - Stan Bowman, AIA\WA Executive Director; Linda Hooten, Executive Director of Spokane Washington Component; Rep. Cathy McMorris; and Austin Dickey, AIA, Copeland Architects – Spokane.

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