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Government & Community Relations News Archive: 2012

Week of April 2, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: House Committee Votes to Support Small Business Tax Deduction.


Week of March 26, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: Pursuing Regional Sustainability in Stanwood, Washington; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeking Architects’ Input; Controversial Maryland Plan Uses Incentives to Encourage Local Land-Use Policy; and House Committee Approves SBA Size Standard Bill.

“In the News” headlines this week include: UK Architects Find Business Opportunities in China; and Examining the Benefits of the New Green Code.


Week of March 19, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: Dubuque, Iowa: Partnering for Success; New SBA Size Standard for Architecture Now in Effect; Sidestepping Gridlock: AIA National Works around Roadblocks to Promote Green Design; and AIA Partner Launches Sustainable Cities Institute.

“In the News” headlines this week include: Peer Review of GSA Projects Called into Question.


Week of March 12, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: Taking Revitalization to Scale in Augusta, Georgia; AIA Joins with Architecture for Humanity To Launch Disaster Plan Grant Program; AIA Calls on House to Pass Senate Transportation Legislation; EPA Challenges Architects to Achieve Energy Star Certification; Report Finds Huge Potential in Energy Efficiency; and R/UDAT Launched ‘Snowball Effect’ in San Angelo, Texas.


Week of March 5, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: New Local Leaders in Sustainability Report Released; and LEED 2012 Public Comment Period Now Open.

“In the News” headlines this week include: AIA Los Angeles Hosts Ongoing Mayoral Candidate Forum Series.


Week of February 27, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: AIA Members Ready, Able to Help Following Outbreak of Midwest Tornados; Inspiring a Special Waterfront: The Philadelphia Experience; Tax Reform: What Does it Mean for You?; AIA Working with Partners to Improve CBECs Tool; and Pivotal Week for Protecting Preservation Programs.

“In the News” headlines this week include: Texas Community’s Progress Began with R/UDAT’s ’92 Goals; Massachusetts Town Encourages Broad SDAT Participation; and 32 Years Later, Maryland R/UDAT Still Offers Guidance.


Week of February 20, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: Port Angeles, Washington, Inspires a Region; New ADA Guidelines to Become Effective in March; How Architects Shaped the SBA Size Standard through Grassroots; AIA’s Advocacy Efforts Help States Prepare for Disaster; and Congress Reaches Payroll Tax Cut Deal.

“In the News” headlines this week include: Springfield SDAT Looks to Bring Residents Downtown; Vermont SDAT Outlines a New Vision for Commercial Corridor; Robert Ivy Discusses Importance of Advocacy AIArchitect; State Department’s Design Excellence Program Takes its First Steps in China; and AIA, Allies Oppose Threat to Transit Programs.


Week of February 13, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: SDAT to Focus on ‘The Rise of the Falls;’ AIA Baltimore Launches CivicLAB to Develop Tomorrow’s Citizen Architects; AIA Members Bring Priority Issues Straight to State Legislators; Contentious Transportation Debates Await Congress; and AIA Offers Opportunities to Prepare for Capitol Hill Day at the Grassroots Conference.

“In the News” headlines this week include: SDAT Steering Committee Urges Community Input in Springfield, IL; AIA, Allies Ask Congress to Support Energy Star; Branson, MO Leaders Discuss Old High School’s Future; Vermont Town Works to Implement Recent SDAT Report Recommendations; Springfield SDAT Raises Issue of City ‘Walkability;’ and AIA Issues Statement on Transportation Bills in Congress.


Week of February 6, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: The New Politics of Smart Growth; A Citizen Architect Advances Urban Health Policy in Los Angeles; Payroll Tax Conference Deadlocks; Proposed Code Change Prompts AIA Member Involvement; Buildings Champion to Offer AIA-Backed Amendment; and Key House Chairman to Connect with AIA Members.

“In the News” headlines this week include: Georgia Community Seeks Continued Revitalization with AIA SDAT; R/UDAT Recommendation Proves Successful, 25 Years Later; SDAT Leader Discusses Springfield’s DAT History and Future; and 2012 SDAT Participant Announcement Receives Notice.


Week of January 30, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: ‘Repopulating the Core’ in Springfield, IL; AIA Shares Tools for Members to Get Engaged During Advocacy365 Month; Transportation Preservation and Rehab Programs Under Fire; AIA Florida Uses Grassroots Tactics to Defeat Major Threat to QBS; EcoDistrict Initiative an Opportunity to Advance Sustainability in Communities; and Energy Outlook 2012: Is There Room for Agreement?


Week of January 23, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: AIA Assists Hopi Nation with Sustainability Plans; As IgCC Launch Nears, AIA Works to Prepare Members on Changes in Practice; Obama Offers “Blueprint” for Growth; Disaster Resilience for Business Owners; and SBA Outlines Resources for Small Design Firms.

“In the News” headlines this week include: David Lewis, FAIA: An Urgan (and R/UDAT) Legend; AIA Urges Consumer Bureau to Address Needs of Small Businesses; and Can Public-Private Partnerships Fill Transportation Funding Gap?


Week of January 16, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: Design Assistance Effort Kicks Off in Austin; 2012 Tax Policy Forecast: Uncertainty, with a High Chance of Partisanship; and AIA Working to Prepare Members on IGCC’s Impact on Practice.

AIA “In the News” headlines this week include: SDAT in Springfield Follows the Successful 2002 R/UDAT; Austin, TX, Prepares for SDAT; Transportation Bills Abound as Congress Returns; AIA Member: Washington Must Act to Restart Construction Industry; and DOE Guide ‘Can Halve Energy Costs’ for Retail Costs


Week of January 9, 2012


AIA headlines this week include: AIA Announces 2012 SDAT Program; N.M. Governor Proposes End to Tax Pyramiding in Construction Industry; Pennsylvania Architect is January’s ‘Citizen Architect on the Move;’ Eleven for ’11: The Biggest Policy and Political Developments that Shaped Architecture in 2011; AIA Presents Resources to Assist Small Firms; ArchiPAC Involvement Soars in 2011; and Congress Passes Short-Term Payroll Tax Cut Extension.

AIA “In the News” headlines this week include: An Insider’s View of Design Assistance; AIA DAT Team Helps Devastated City Recover; U.S. Pushes for Embassy Design Excellence; and AIA Stalled Projects Website Gains Traction.


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