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New Bill Will Help Revitalize America’s Small Towns and Communities

Washington, DC, August 7, 2007 — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) celebrates the introduction of the Small Community Visioning Improvement Act (H.R. 3374) by Ohio Congressman Zack Space. By encouraging smart planning, the bill will help small communities address economic hardship, declining population, eroding tax bases, and environmental pressures that jeopardize their long-term viability.   

“America’s small towns are the backbone of the country, yet often lack the resources to properly respond to various economic or demographic threats to the community,” said Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, president of ASLA. “Through Representative Space’s leadership, the Small Community Visioning Improvement Act provides the desperately needed long-term planning they need.”

In conjunction with Representative Space, ASLA worked with non-profit community organizations, visioning process leaders, colleges and universities, as well as private sector professionals across the country to develop this legislation. Specifically, the bill will provide a maximum of $25,000 to communities with fewer than 25,000 people, Native American tribes, Alaskan native villages, land grant colleges and other universities to support long-term planning projects. It would also require grant recipients to make local contributions that cover a portion of the costs.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 17,600 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.
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