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Leaders of AIA Iowa Visit Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 21, 2013  

Leaders of AIA Iowa Visit Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter Attends Grassroots Conference 


Des Moines, IA – March 21, 2013 –American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter members and staff are visiting Capitol Hill this week at the American Institute of Architects Grassroots Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C., March 20-23. Executive Director Jessica Reinert, IOM, along with individual members Joe Benesh, AIA, Matt Coen, AIA, Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA, Linda Schemmel, AIA, and Jenna Thompson, Assoc. AIA will be visiting with several Iowa legislative offices today, March 21.  


"Our goal is to connect with Iowa Legislators this week to show the importance of the architecture profession and the role architects play in their communities,” said Executive Director of AIA Iowa, Jessica Reinert, IOM. "All across the state AIA Iowa members are making strides in cities to help build small businesses, create jobs, and facilitate sustainable buildings through renovation and restoration. Having the support of our Iowa legislators is necessary to continue our success.”    


The group will address the five main issues of helping small businesses create jobs, repairing and strengthening our buildings, building sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities, reforming government to build better with less, and investing in next generation leaders.  


In addition to legislative visits, AIA Iowa members will engage in conference workshops in advocacy, leadership, civic engagement, and repositioning.


About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


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