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Proof that You Can Make a Difference
Earlier this month, we asked you to focus on meeting with your members of Congress while they are home for the August recess. Building relationships with your legislators is key to ensuring that your interests, and those of other architects in your community, are remembered in Washington, D.C.
Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents, and your personal story is what is going to have the greatest impact on your legislator. ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, recently published an infographic in their ‘Associations Now’ magazine that illustrates this point perfectly. Based on a 2011 survey of congressional staff by the Congressional Management Foundation, ASAE reported that 46% of the staff said “constituent visits to a member’s Washington office have ‘a lot’ of influence on an undecided member.” Of that same pool of respondents, only 8% said that a lobbyist’s visit has the same influence.
So while the AIA Advocacy staff is continuing to work to ensure that the voice of architects is heard on Capitol Hill, we need your help. As this graphic proves, AIA members hold the power to influence change in their hands – schedule a meeting with your legislator today!
If you are planning on meeting with your member of Congress or their staff, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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