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Seven Easy Steps to Make Your Voice Heard and Engage Your Elected Officials

STEP 1
Contact your representatives.

Contact your member of Congress’ office on the AIA’s top three legislative proposals. Click the link below to send a message through the AIA Advocacy Center (log-in required).

Unfreeze credit for construction projects to help get America building.

Incentivize construction by expanding the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction and establishing PACE Bonds.

Encourage Congress to pass a comprehensive transportation bill to get our country moving again.

STEP 2
Spread the Word on Facebook.

Join the Rebuild & Renew group on Facebook.

After joining the group, invite your friends to join. Post information on your wall and your members of Congress’ walls. Help raise awareness on the issues facing the design and construction industry, and communicate your support for policies that will help.

STEP 3
Tweet your elected officials.

Remember to use the Twitter hash tag #AIARR. To learn how to share your story and engage your elected officials via Twitter, click here.

STEP 4
Meet your members of Congress.

Set up an in-district meeting with your Senators or Representatives or attend your legislators’ townhall meetings during the upcoming August congressional recess. See the Resources for Meeting With Your Policymakers section of this page for more information, or contact the AIA Government Relations team for assistance.

You also can invite your members of Congress to a local AIA meeting to discuss the issues facing the profession today. Invite your member of Congress to your firm’s office to discuss ways to promote job growth in the design and construction industry.

STEP 5
Tell us your story.

Send information on your stalled projects to the AIA so we can tell the story of how this economic crisis is affecting Main Street. For more information, click here.

STEP 6
Add your voice to the political process.

Participate and invest in ArchiPAC, the AIA’s only federal political action committee supporting candidates for office who share the AIA's positions on issues affecting the built environment, our profession, our communities, and our practices.

STEP 7
Tell the media.

Send a letter to the editor of your newspaper. Visit the AIA website for a guide on writing letters to the editor. For pre-populated templates on key AIA issues, and for more information, click here.

Help us track your progress by letting us know how it went.

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Resources for Meeting with Policymakers
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Contact
For questions or assistance, contact:

Adam Melis | Director, Advocacy Outreach
Email | amelis@aia.org
Phone | (202) 626-7383

 

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