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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.

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