Economic Recovery

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As America continues to recover from the worst economic recession in nearly a century, many landscape architecture firms are working to develop and grow their businesses. Implementing policies that allow landscape architecture firms and other small businesses to thrive is paramount to achieving a sound economic recovery. The American Society of Landscape Architects works with policy makers on economic issues that will allow landscape architects to continue to plan and design communities that create jobs, foster sustainable economic development and create healthier lifestyles. 

Federal Advocacy

Small Business Protection Act: The American Society of Landscape Architects supports legislation that helps small landscape architecture firms thrive and compete fairly in the marketplace. The Small Business Protection Act is designed to ensure that the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standards accurately and legitimately represent small businesses.  Additionally, this legislation enhances small businesses’ awareness of the size standard process and ensures transparency by requiring that all information regarding size standards analysis and rational be made publicly available. Learn more.

SBA’s Proposed National Rulemaking to Increase Size Standards for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: As part of a comprehensive review, the Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed to increase size standards for small businesses in the professional, scientific and technical services professions, including landscape architecture.  The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) opposed the proposed increase in size standards for small landscape architecture firms and, as a result, SBA has issued a final rule that will maintain the current size standards for landscape architectural services. Learn more.

Repeal of the Mandatory 3 Percent Tax Withholding: After an aggressive advocacy campaign by ASLA and other members of the Government Withholding Relief Coalition, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 674, legislation to repeal a federal law that would have required federal, state, and local governments to withhold 3 percent of most payments to contractors and vendors. The American Society of Landscape Architects is pleased that this 3 percent tax burden was repealed before it severely impacted many businesses, including landscape architecture firms. Learn more.

Advocacy Partners

American Institute of Architects
American Planning Association 


ASLA Opportunities 
ASLA Guide to Economic Recovery Opportunities
Developing New Skills in the Economic Downturn
U.S. News & World Report - Best Careers 2009

Green Cities: How Urban Sustainability Efforts Can and Must Drive America’s Climate Change Policies,” Living Cities, May, 2009
U.S. Metro Economies: Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy,” The United States Conference of Mayors, October, 2008

General Resources:
Code of Federal Regulations 
Federal Courts 
Federal Government Web Portal – FirstGov 
Federal Register
The Official Daily Publication of Federal Rules, Notices of
Rule Making Procedures, and Agency Announcements

Government Printing Office 
Small Business Administration 
Thomas - House/Senate Bills & Resolutions 
The White House 
The Supreme Court 
U.S. Code – Federal Statutes 
U.S. House 
U.S. House Legislative Calendar 
U.S Senate 
U.S. Senate Legislative Calendar 
US Army Corps Of Engineers Contracting Page 

Advocacy Network
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ASLA Government Affairs