The AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held March 18th – 21st in Washington DC. A number of your AIA-NJ leaders attended and were inspired to build a better AIA.
Along with hundreds of leaders from around the country and world AIA members discussed ways to effect change. From the latest on AIA Repositioning and how it could be seen in your local AIA chapters, to hearing from candidates for national AIA offices that will help to lead AIA next year and beyond.
In addition to seminars and guest speakers, part of Thursday was spent visiting our legislators on Capital Hill. Taking issues important to all architects to our law-makers to effect change for all.
This year a number of items discussed were discussed with local representatives. Including the extension of 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction that expired at the end of 2013. The necessity of procurement standards for Design-Build method of building on government projects. Also, the National Design Services Act, a program where architecture graduates with federally subsidized student loans could work in under-served communities in exchange for reduction of student debt. Contact your local leaders to learn more on any of these items or how you can help.
During the candidates speeches, AIA-NJ member and past-president Jerome Eben, AIA, declared his candidacy for the office of AIA National Secretary. We wish Jerry Good Luck in his run for office.