American Institute of Architects to Host Series of Transportation and Community Forums Print
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Monday, 21 September 2009 10:26

Opportunity for citizens to engage with political and civic leaders about community transportation and planning issues.

As a member of Transportation of America, a broad coalition calling for the renewal of our national transportation program for the 21st century, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting a series of public forums across the country. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has been working with groups like AIA and other stakeholders to encourage public forums that address the growing infrastructure crisis and highlight the many interconnecting infrastructure issues and transportation needs, including the priorities of architects to design sustainable, livable communities.
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“We need to make real investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure, and to achieve this we must bring a variety of groups and stakeholders to the table.  It is vital that we engage the public in the discussion over how we design, build, maintain and fund America’s roads, rails and public transit systems,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “The AIA’s forums are a welcome component of the national debate over our infrastructure challenges and how we can work to rebuild and renew our country.”

“In 2008, we issued a report to Congress that showed by involving the public early in the planning process will result in better informed transportation and infrastructure projects,” said AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Christine McEntee. “It is our hope that these forums can foster greater collaboration between the general public and planning officials in their local communities.”

The initial forum conducted by AIA DC will be held at AIA National Headquarters on September 21st, with additional forums organized by AIA components announced throughout the year. AIA members will present the comments and outcomes on these forums to members of the U.S. Congress during their trip to Capitol Hill during the 2010 Grassroots (AIA national legislative conference).

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