The Institute outlines its legislative priorities, including reducing energy consumption in the construction industry, alleviating student debt, and supporting historic preservation.
By Caroline Massie
In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama discussed issues affecting the design industry: climate change, the economy, and student debt. Architects should take note as White House policy initiatives will no doubt impact the AEC community during Obama’s final year in office.
The AIA issued a response to Obama’s speech and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Republican rebuttal, highlighting ways that the federal government can support AEC this year. “Both President Obama and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, in her Republican response, spoke in broad strokes about their parties’ competing visions for the nation,” AIA president Russ Davidson, FAIA, said in a press release. “But instead of offering competing ideas, there are still clear bipartisan initiatives both the President and Congress can undertake in his final year in office to grow jobs in the $1 trillion design and construction sector, which accounts for almost 6 percent of GDP.”
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