Underscoring the importance of economic recovery, more than 800 architects will travel to Washington next week to meet with their members of Congress and urge lawmakers to act quickly on jobs legislation. “We are encouraged that the President and leaders of both parties are talking about job creation,” said Christine McEntee, EVP / Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “But the time for talk has passed. We must move quickly to help address the economic crisis the country continues to experience. We urge swift passage of the legislation that helps get the design and construction industry back to work. We want common sense policies that free up credit, promote green building and help small businesses drive economic recovery.” The AIA's "Blueprint for Recovery" states that America’s architects stand ready to help our communities rebuild and renew through commonsense policies that not only create jobs, but lay the foundation for long-term prosperity. Architects employ more than a quarter of a million people and are the leading edge of a design and construction industry that accounts for nearly one in nine dollars of U.S. GDP. Every $1 million invested in construction creates 28 full-time jobs. In addition, increasing incentives for green building design and renovation can stimulate economic activity while securing our energy independence.
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