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									                             Press Release
For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Michele Straw
March 18, 2009                                                Director of Communications
                                                              850-222-7590
                                                              mstraw@aiafla.org

              Architects Offer Economic Stimulus Plan to Legislators
         AIA Florida delivers Rebuild &Renew Florida Stimulus plan to the Legislature.

Tallahassee, FL – As part of Florida Architects’ Day and its annual Legislative Day on the Hill,
the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects will meet with legislators to
discuss the Rebuild and Renew Florida Stimulus Plan Proposal. The plan proposes several
steps lawmakers can take to simultaneously spur the economy and green Florida’s communities.

“Our proposal offers the state several opportunities to appropriately use the federal funds coming
our way,” said AIA Florida President Steve Jernigan, AIA, LEED AP. “In order to return Florida
to its past vibrancy, we feel that financial support of sustainable design and infrastructure will be
key.”

The Association believes that any funding for infrastructure projects or stimulus funding for
business enterprises and individuals that the Florida Legislature appropriates should be
prioritized with these shovel-worthy and business incentive principles in mind. The plan
addresses six key areas:

      21st Century Schools
      Green Buildings
      Transit and Livable Communities
      Historic Preservation
      Alternative Energy Rebate Program for Home Owners and Businesses
      Business Incentive/Assistance Programs

The American Institute of Architects has been proactive in creating the “Rebuild and Renew
America Program” to assist the country in meeting its goals and monumental undertaking. AIA
Florida supports a position that an economic stimulus package should not only create jobs, but
should primarily support efforts that lead to a sustainable future for Florida and America - efforts
which lead to energy independence and 100 percent carbon neutrality by 2030.

“We believe the current economic crisis is a prime opportunity to build our communities better
and greener,” said AIA Florida Executive Vice President, Vicki Long, CAE. “Using the stimulus
funds for shovel-ready and shovel-worthy projects not only makes sound business sense, but also
creates much needed jobs.”
Editor’s Note: A copy of the Rebuild & Renew Florida Stimulus Proposal Plan is attached.

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The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, headquartered in Tallahassee,
represents the interests of more than 3,700 members in Florida and the Caribbean. Members
adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and
colleagues of an AIA-member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional
practice.

								
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