Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Join Advocates for Architecture at the Texas Capitol

Texas Society of Architects
Advocates for Architecture Day

Tues. January 25, 2011
Texas State Capitol

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND Advocates for Architecture Day?

Texas is facing a HISTORIC budget deficit of $25 BILLION, which is a 1/4 of the overall budget. This means budget cuts will be drastic and revenue sources will be desperately sought!

  • What if architects were procured by price instead of qualifications?
  • What if K-12 schools are forced to choose from state standardized architectural plans?
  • What if sales taxes (8.25%) were imposed on your professional services?
  • What if occupation fees were raised?

REGISTER NOW and be prepared to tell your story. Registrations must be received by December 17th!


AIA Dallas is sponsoring a bus trip to the Texas State Capitol on January 25th, departing at 5:00 am from the Dallas Design District.

AIA Houston, AIA Fort Worth, and AIA San Antonio will also have bus transportation. Contact your chapter to RSVP for a seat.

Training will begin on Tuesday, January 25th at 9:00 am at the AT&T Conference Center/hotel (room TBD) within blocks of the Capitol. The morning will be spent learning what our issues are, how to communicate them to policymakers, and some political insight to the Legislative Session. You supply the passion for your profession and we'll supply all the basic skills, tools and information you'll need to be able to confidently approach Texas legislators and articulate the issues that affect architects statewide. Box lunch will be provided immediately following training.

After lunch, we will all meet at the Capitol (location TBD) for a group photo then we'll head down to our reserved briefing room at the Capitol (TSA's unofficial office) to pick up your materials, leave-behinds and talking points. Visits will be scheduled from 1:00 -- 4:00 pm in the afternoon. Once you're done, head back to our Capitol office to let us know how your meetings went and to fill out personal thank you notes to be sent to your legislators. We expect everyone to be done between 4-5:00 pm, at which point you can spend some time touring the Capitol or head back home, with the thanks of TSA and all Texas architects.

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