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      American Institute of Architects (AIA) Calls on Obama Administration to Back Easier Credit and Faster Permitting Process

      Accelerating Permit Process Means 6 percent Jump in Construction Spending, AIA Study Finds

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – June 13, 2011 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today pointed to two specific initiatives the Obama Administration could support to improve access to credit and remove un-necessary regulations that are hindering jobs growth in the design and construction industry.

      In a speech Monday in North Carolina ahead of a meeting with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council, President Obama called for better access to credit for small businesses as well as getting rid of un-necessary regulations hindering business development and job creation. Obama also renewed his Administration’s “Better Buildings Initiative,” which would encourage more energy efficiencies in commercial buildings.

      “The AIA has been a longtime proponent of energy efficiency and the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative amplifies that American businesses could save $40 billion a year in utility bills,” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “But with one in 6 construction workers un-employed, there are other initiatives that the Administration can easily embrace beyond this importance initiative.”

      Two specific initiatives worthy of Obama Administration support are:

      • The Capital Access for Main Street (CAMS) Act, introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), which would temporarily allow small community banks with under $10 billion in assets to spread out or amortize a portion of their commercial real estate loans over a seven-year period.  These banks, which provide many of the loans to our small businesses, would then have more liquid capital available to make responsible loans.
      • Support a streamlined building permit process. An AIA study in 2006 found that communities with a more efficient building permit process can gain millions of dollars in tax revenues and significantly bolster their economic development. Implementation of a more responsive permit process over a five year period could result in a 16.5 percent increase in property taxes and a 5.7 percent increase in construction spending.

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