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ASID LEGISLATIVE SYMPOSIUM
March 16 – 18, 2012 Westin Peach Street Plaza Atlanta, Georgia
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competition in the design market increases, costs are reduced, more consumers use design services, and jobs are created as small businesses are established and revenues are increased. These are all positive economic impacts. As your professional society, ASID is working hard to make sure that we continue to progress toward full professional recognition for all design professionals. But we need your help. For this reason we encourage you to attend our annual ASID Legislative Symposium March 16 – 18, 2012, in Atlanta. The Symposium is designed to create a greater understanding of how public policy impacts designers’ ability to practice their trade. Members will join legislative leaders across the country in this unique opportunity to gain ﬁrst-hand knowledge about state-level grassroots movements and lobbying efforts. Attendees will participate in lobbying training and exercises, learning how the legislative process works and how an idea becomes a bill, and then a law. Opportunity will be available to network with fellow politically active members of the interior design industry and learn the keys to successful lobbying from your colleagues that have been through the process. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta! i
ASID SYMPOSIUM SUPPORTS INDUSTRY, EDUCATES DESIGN PROFESSIONALS/
As your professional society, ASID is working hard to make sure that we continue to progress toward full professional recognition for all design professionals. But we need your help.
CONTACT THE ASID GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM ASID has a full-time staff of three experienced professionals working to protect interior designers’ rights in the government and public affairs arena. If you have any questions or would like to become involved in interior design legislative efforts, please contact the ASID Government and Public Affairs team at (202) 546-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don Davis, director – email@example.com Tom Kaczmarek, government affairs manager – firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Lewis, government affairs manager – email@example.com Visit us at www.asid.org/legislation.
THE INTERIOR DESIGN profession has come a
long way in the last several decades. Education and knowledge has expanded, states have adopted regulatory programs to allow for expanded opportunities for designers, thousands of designers have established thriving businesses and the profession itself has become an important economic contributor within communities. Much of this has been made possible by the ongoing efforts of the design community to support the professional recognition of the interior design profession and the professional recognition of the interior designer. The current economic climate has created an environment that threatens the ongoing development of the interior design profession. Opponents argue that expanding the scope of work for qualiﬁed designers is restrictive and stunts economic growth. Their response has been to support government policy that would eliminate the ability of designers to work in a commercial or codesbased setting. However, if we look deeper into this issue it becomes clear that the opposite is true. Professional recognition supports economic expansion because we have opened an entire practice area once monopolized by special interest groups. This means that
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