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      Architects Issue Statement on Election Results

      Contact: John Schneidawind
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      johnschneidawind@aia.org
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      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C., November 7, 2012 –
      The American Institute of Architects today issued the following statement on the presidential election results. Please attribute to AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA:

      “Now that the election battle is over, we urge both the White House and the newly elected Congress to launch a new era of statesmanship by putting aside differences on the budget and by enacting policies that will help put the economy on a more solid footing for all Americans. In particular, we urge both parties to solve the impending budget impasse known as the “Fiscal Cliff,” where mandatory budget cuts and tax hikes threaten to cost more than 60,000 construction jobs beginning on January 2, according to a recent AIA study. Read the full report here.

      “The AIA does not endorse candidates from either party in any election. What we do endorse are policies that help create jobs, and specifically, jobs in the design and construction sector. The AIA’s legislative priorities are the same today as they were yesterday:

        • Ease access to credit for borrowers, especially in the design and construction sector;

        • Adopt a comprehensive plan to rebuild our nation's aging infrastructure to make it to more resilient and sustainable;

        • Renew existing and create new incentives to encourage energy conservation in government buildings and throughout the built environment;

        • Enact tax and regulatory policies that benefit small businesses.

      “In the coming weeks, the AIA plans to issue a more detailed strategy on its legislative priorities for 2013 and how they can help grow the economy.”

      About The American Institute of Architects
      For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

 

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