|AIA to Congress: Bipartisan Support Needed to Revive Construction Industry|
|Friday, 19 March 2010 08:38|
The American Institute of Architects issued a statement to the Congress about the urgent need to revive the construction industry.
“We commend the extension of the Build America Bonds program and surface transportation programs in the jobs bill just passed by Congress, and strongly urge Congress to show the same bipartisan support for jump starting the struggling design and construction industry," said Christine McEntee, EVP / Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
"The entire construction sector has such a far reaching impact on the overall economy and continues to suffer through layoffs and firm closings at epic rates. In order to truly stimulate the economy there needs to be a strong financial commitment to small business relief, broad tax incentives for energy-efficient buildings and retrofits, and passage of the HomeSTAR and BuildingSTAR programs for energy retrofits. We call on Congress to ensure that those areas are addressed in the next jobs packages.