Success! Albany Advocacy Day  Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The exponential increase in advocacy interest, especially among our Emerging Professional members, set the stage for one of the most successful statewide AIA New York State advocacy events in quite some time. The success surrounding the outcome of AIA New York State’s Architects in Albany Advocacy Day can be directly attributed to the involvement of local chapters to encourage attendance and participation.

AIA New York State is truly appreciative of these
local efforts.

The presence of our members at the State Capitol on May 1st was so pronounced, that members of the State Legislature have been contacting AIA New York State to ask for additional meetings. This type of unsolicited
post-event outreach is the desired outcome which all associations strive to achieve. Our Advocacy Day participants exceeded expectations and should be commended for representing the profession in such a positive manner.

The event sparked a renewed sense of commitment to advancing the profession and advocating for the values of the architectural community. The architectural profession, finds itself on a solid footing headed into the homestretch of the 2018 Legislative Session and beyond.

The Value of Government Advocacy 

The origin of most trade and professional associations can be traced back to one overarching need—a unified voice to advocate on behalf of a group of individuals who share similar interests. Like many professional associations, AIA New York State (AIANYS), an organization of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), came into being out of the need to coalesce and amplify the concerns of the profession, the built environment, and the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Thus, the primary reason for the creation and organization of AIANYS was to provide its members, and the profession as a whole, with a credible voice in the halls of state government, Government advocacy continues to be the foundation for its existence today.

 

What is Government Affairs?

Government advocacy priorities are developed at the national and state level, through extensive input from member surveys and policy networks, such as AIA’s State Government Network (SGN).

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