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Regional Director


William J. Bates, AIA

Thanks to all of the PA Chapters for sending representatives to Denver last month. If you haven’t heard it was an excellent event with noteworthy keynote speakers.  Many seasoned Convention attendees have commented that it was one of the most inspirational conventions ever.  For those who were not able to attend the keynote addresses were videotaped and are accessible via the AIA website.

I would like everyone to know that the Repositioning initiative is moving forward at the national level.  We are looking at member value and organizational effectiveness to make sure that the institute is delivering consistent service to members in both urban and rural components.  I would like to hear members’ opinions about service priorities.  We have already charged numerous taskforces to study the recommendations and most effective way to implement changes.  In order to facilitate continual communication on this initiative the Institute is requesting volunteer repositioning ambassadors from each state.  There is still an opportunity to volunteer for this position.  Anyone interested can contact me.

Given the current political gridlock in Washington DC it is more important than ever that we present a strong and convincing case for bipartisan cooperation to advance federal construction related legislation. We have to employ more architects in the recovery effort. Therefore in addition to giving to the State PAC it is important that each member commit to support our national ArchiPAC.