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SGN Members are the 2013 Annual Meeting
2013 SGN Annual Meeting: A Recap
By Zachary Hart, Manager, State & Local Relations
The 2103 State Government Network (SGN) Annual Meeting took place August 1-2 in Savannah, Georgia. Over 60 attendees from 38 state components participated.
Attendees heard from international architects about their experiences using Public-Private Partnerships to build public buildings. Sunand Prasad of London, UK; Geoffrey London, the Victorian (AU) Government Architect; and Brian Watkinson of Ontario, CAN described the policies used by their respective countries to ensure quality design in buildings delivered using a public-private partnership.
David Crawford, Hon. AIA and Executive Vice President of AIA North Carolina described how his component was able to secure passage of a design-build law that included many of the provisions contained in the AIA State and Local Relations Design-Build Reform Toolkit.
Jeremy Kalin, President and CEO of Eutectics Consulting on Property Assessed Clean Energy finance, a new financing tool that state and local governments are using to leverage private capital to fund energy efficiency retrofits for commercial properties. PACE financing has the potential to open huge opportunities for architects in the energy efficiency market sector.
Andy Hayes, AIA, Vice President of AIA Florida and Jason Shelley, Executive Director of AIA Indiana shared their components’ advocacy programs. This was followed by the debut of a conceptual design for a digital advocacy tool that AIA member advocates will be able to use to educate lawmakers about the architectural profession.
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