Architects' Day on the Hill
Architects’ Day on the Hill
March 28, 2012
Third Floor, Tennessee Tower
The Tennessee Room
Usually, we beg you to give up a day of valuable time to visit with legislators on behalf of the profession. This year, we return the favor. So much exciting news is percolating on The Hill, for instance legislation creating revenue bonds for higher ed facilities. We promise you'll get your money's worth this year, with take-aways you can use immediately to fine tune your marketing program.
Below are the Day's schedule, answers to frequently asked questions and a registration form. We hope to see you Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the purpose of Day on the Hill?
- • To tell legislators that architects are active in the political process.
- • To build those crucial relationships with legislators before we have a crisis.
- • We have some crises…and this is our best opportunity for grassroots lobbying on specific bills that have been introduced.
- • We are offering 7 hours’ CES/HSW credit for our educational sessions.
- • Note who our speakers are—we think you’ll receive a wealth of information on upcoming work and new/revised processes.
- • End the day with our well-regarded Legislative Reception at The Parthenon.
What are the bills and issues in 2012 that will help or hurt us?
The Legislative Session has been a little bit crazy. We are fine-tuning and updating the list of bills to present to you. That information will be forwarded to you upon registration (or by March 23).
Describe the specifics of Day on the Hill.
1. 7:45 a.m. Registration. Come to the Tennessee Tower, third floor, for a briefing on all the bills we are most concerned with. We’ll have a packet for you to give each legislator that includes position papers on the major issues. Bring extra business cards to include in packets if you like.
2. 10:45-1:30: Time set aside for you to visit your legislators. You must schedule your appointments ahead of time. If you don’t know your legislator, or who your legislator is, the Tennessee General Assembly web site is excellent for contact information. NOTE: most of you know that legislators have very tight schedules. Grab your appointment any time you can. If you cannot get an appointment, request 15 minutes with staff—building relationships with staff has great value too. Just come and go as your appointments dictate. Being in the Tennessee Tower is not as convenient as a room inside the Plaza, but it beats the heck out of getting kicked out of our room by a legislator, and meeting in the hall or outside.
3. Security: the Tennessee Tower requires you to check in and then turn in your badge when you leave the building. We are working to simplify the process.
4. What about lunch? We are providing box lunches in the Tennessee Tower, Tennessee Room. University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design Dean Scott Poole will join us.
5. Tour Living Light Solar House, adjacent to The Parthenon. We’ve invited legislators to tour with you if their schedules allow.
6. 6:00 Come to the Parthenon for legislative reception. Usually all the constitutional officers, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and 1/3 to 1/2 of the General Assembly come to our reception. We have a reputation for fine food and drink, and they enjoy visiting with you.
Please summarize my action list:
1. Schedule appointments with your legislators. We’d appreciate receiving a copy of your appointments schedule.
2. Offer to pick up your legislator to drive him/her to our reception at the Parthenon.
3. Review position papers on relevant legislation and/or ask us questions. (I am still working on those.)
Fill out a registration form to attend the Architects' Day on the Hill
Download the Registration Form