Washington Construction News staff writer
In November, the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) hosted an advocacy day, its first CMAA Hill Day, on Capitol Hill for its membership to meet with federal lawmakers to discuss important issues relevant to the construction and project management profession and the industry.
CMAA members from across the country scheduled more than a dozen visits with legislators from their home states and districts to discuss the importance of CMAA’s resources and the essential role program and construction management professionals play in stewarding the entire construction project/program lifecycle.
The association’s head offices are in Vienna, VA.
Conversations with legislative offices touched on several topics, including the value of credentials within the construction industry. Legislation, such as the bipartisan Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (H.R. 1477/S. 722), could increase access to such certifications. With over 90 cosponsors in the House, S. 722/ H.R. 1477 aims to create new opportunities for professionals by expanding 529 savings plans to include postsecondary training and credentialing.
“As Congress considers vital legislation through the remainder of the year, CMAA plans to continue uplifting the voices of the construction and project management profession. As the premier resource for professionals working in the built environment, CMAA is excited to provide members with further opportunities to connect with lawmakers both at home and in Washington, D.C.,” says Ethan Lott, Director of Advocacy for CMAA.
The association has posted its legislative initiatives at its Advocacy Action Centre.