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Capitol Hill Day 2014 Resources
In mid-March, AIA members from across the nation will descend on Washington, D.C., for the 2014 Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference. During the Conference, the attendees will get the chance to meet with their members of Congress to discuss issues important to the AIA. The AIA Government Relations and Outreach team has the tools you need to prepare for your meetings.
LEARN THE ISSUES
In March, you and your fellow Grassroots attendees will bring three key issues to Capitol Hill:
1. Extend important incentives for sustainable design
2. Invest in public building by reforming the design-build process
3. Support the next generation of architects with student debt relief
Read the issue briefs, talking points and other materials you will need for your Capitol Hill visits.
You also can find additional resources needed for Grassroots at www.aia.org/advocacy365.
JOIN THE WEBINARS
As in past years, AIA staff will hold a series of webinars to brief participants on the AIA’s issues and prepare them for visiting Congressional offices. We encourage you to join one of the following webinars:
Whatever option you choose, being informed about the AIA agenda before your Capitol Hill meetings is essential. Together we can make a difference!
ARRANGE YOUR MEETINGS
On March 20, attendees will have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and meet with Congressional offices to introduce themselves and the AIA's Federal Agenda.
It is the responsibility of each attendee and/or their state or local components to schedule the Hill appointments. To schedule and coordinate your Congressional appointments, please contact your state component. If you are responsible for making appointments, visit the Advocacy365 Web site for tips and resources (a sample letter and other resources are in the tools section).
Note that Congress will not be in session during Grassroots. Your meetings will most likely be with Congressional staff. These are the men and women who have the ear of members of Congress and will be your points of contact in the future – so don’t miss this chance to build a strong relationship!
MORE WAYS TO GET INFORMED
Want to learn more about the agenda and how to be an advocate for the profession? Look for these opportunities during Grassroots:
• Meet the Staff. AIA Government and Community Relations staff will be available to provide personal briefings during scheduled office hours from 9:00 a.m.– 12 p.m., Wednesday, March 19. Staff will also be available throughout the day for questions and Hill material distribution.
• Get a Closer Look. This year Grassroots attendees will take part in break-out sessions Wednesday afternoon at the end of the opening general session that will delve deeper into the AIA’s agenda and how you can be a great advocate. See the entire Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference Agenda.
For more information on the agenda and how you can share it with your elected representatives, click here.
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