February 4th was Capitol Hill Day for AIA executives, board members, and component leaders. This year the objective of the annual lobbying effort was to demand that Congress take up an agenda that would, among other things, free up credit, expand tax incentives that encourage energy-efficient construction, and provide relief for small businesses. The excursion was part of Grassroots 2010, the AIA’s yearly leadership conference.
Setting the stage for the visits were rousing speeches by Representatives Kathy Castor (D. Florida) and Ed Perlmutter (D. Colorado), along with Adolpho Carrion Jr., director of President Obama’s Whitehouse Office of Urban Affairs Policy. All three reminded the architects of the power of advocacy, and admonished them to take seriously their influence in job-creating legislation.