Washington, D.C., January
2, 2013—The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) commends the
government’s hard work in averting the fiscal cliff. Our elected officials have
taken an important first step toward supporting our nation’s economic recovery.
The continuation of some current fiscal policies means that
confidence will continue to build for landscape architecture firms, 98 percent
of which are small businesses. ASLA’s third-quarter 2012 Business Quarterly survey results indicated an improving employment picture going into the fourth
quarter. Employment data in Q3 showed progress over previous quarters and
years. The stop-gap measures put into place by the government, including
keeping tax breaks in place for small businesses, will spur new hires in the
landscape architecture profession and enable firms to grow.
"This fiscal compromise is crucial for the well-being of
landscape architecture firms. We will continue to advocate on behalf of the
profession, and help our nation’s legislators understand the benefits of
investing in infrastructure and sustainable design,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive
vice president and CEO of ASLA.
For more information on
ASLA’s economic recovery priorities: www.asla.org/advocacy
About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional
association for landscape architects, representing some 16,000 members in 49
professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to
lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning,
and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the
Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their
commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.