AIA leaders throughout Ohio are preparing to go to Washington DC, Feb. 3-6, for the National Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.   This annual event for component Presidents, Presidents-elect, component executives and their staffs, national board members, member communities and member group leaders, emerging professionals, national staff and other member groups.  Included in the three day schedule are opportunities for continuing education, advocacy, leadership development, and knowledge sharing. 

Part of the AIA Grassroots is Advocacy Day, where AIA members head to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators to communicate the importance of the AIA issues agenda and strengthen relationships between Members of Congress and the architectural profession.  AIA’s legislative agenda this year is built around the AIA Blueprint for Economic Recovery: America’s architects stand ready to help our communities rebuild and renew through common-sense policies that not only create jobs, but lay the foundation for long-term prosperity. As Congress debates a jobs bill, the AIA urges it to include these five planks to help rebuild and renew our nation:  1.  Help Struggling Communities Rebuild | Unfreeze Credit to Get America Building Again | Encourage the Commercial Sector to Build Green | Provide Relief for Small Businesses | Invest in Our Children with 21st Century Schools

For more details on the AIA’s Blueprint for Economic Recovery, click here.