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About ACRA

ACRA is the national trade association supporting and promoting the common interests of cultural resource management (CRM) firms of all sizes, types and specialties. Today, our member firms undertake much of the legally mandated CRM studies and investigations in the United States. Our firms’ clients include federal, state and local government agencies, private industry and non-profit groups. Our member firms employ thousands of cultural resource management professionals: archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, and an increasingly diverse group of other specialists. Using free market business practices, ACRA firms deploy skilled teams to provide our clients with the best service while fulfilling ethical and professional commitments to the historic heritage.


Our vision is for a robust and thriving CRM industry delivering responsible solutions that balance development and preservation and enjoying strong support from clients, government, and the public. Our activities include:



Advocating for Conditions that Allow the CRM Industry to Thrive

From the beginning, ACRA has been in the forefront of efforts to prevent harmful changes to Federal and State laws and regulations relating to cultural resources. In 2005 an alliance of ACRA and other historic preservation organizations successfully blocked a congressional proposal that would have seriously weakened the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. ACRA closely monitors the legal and regulatory landscape and is a frequent participant partner with regulatory agencies and professional societies. For example, in the last few years alone ACRA has held annual CRM Advocacy Days to take our message to Capitol Hill and hosted a reception for Members of Congress to learn more about the National Historic Preservation Act; we are currently playing a leadership role in Preservation50, the nation's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Preservation50's top legislative priority is full and permanent funding of the Historic Preservation Fund, which supports state and tribal historic preservation offices and allows for more efficient Section 106 reviews for ACRA member firms' clients. 


Improving Business Efficacy of ACRA Member Firms

We equip 
our members to perform efficiently in a competitive and complex business environment. Our Annual Meeting is a unique event, providing sessions and workshops where members hone their skills in the business of cultural resource management, all in a warmly welcoming environment ideal for networking with colleagues and potential business partners. We are launching an online learning program to provide training opportunities for our members on topics unique to the CRM industry, and we inform ACRA firms about regulatory developments that could affect their businesses.


Improving CRM Practice

ACRA promotes best practices within the industry and new models for effective cultural resource management that responsibly balance development and preservation concerns. We seek out and promote innovations within the industry that lead to more effective, integrated, and efficient solutions.

National Distribution of ACRA-Member Firms as of July 2013


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