"Congress finds and declares that...the increased knowledge of our historic resources, the establishment of better means of identifying and administering them, and the encouragement of their preservation will improve the planning and execution of Federal and federally assisted projects, and will assist economic growth and development"
Advocacy and government relations are central to achieving ACRA's goals. Through our Government Relations Committee, and with the support of our government relations counsel, Cultural Heritage Partners, ACRA communicates with federal and state lawmakers, staffers, and agencies to ensure that the voice of the CRM industry is heard. To strengthen our field, we help Congress members and others in the government understand the scope of our business, the importance of historic preservation, and the impact of the CRM on the economy.
When you advocate, you actively support a cause that's important to you. Advocacy is a way of changing public policy – and it works. ACRA takes time and expends resources to show lawmakers that CRM is a vibrant, active and important industry that impacts urban and rural communities around the United States, and provides jobs for thousands. ACRA members deliver responsible solutions that balance development needs and preservation values. Legal, regulatory and financial support for CRM is a wise, prudent and responsible use of resources that benefits the American People.
Below, you will find copies of official ACRA correspondence. We hope that doing so might provide our members, and the public, with a better understanding of ACRAs activities promoting and supporting the CRM industry and cultural resources.
Issues Important to ACRA
ACRA and it's members pay attention to many issues that arise on the Hill, and our government relations counsel help make sure we don't miss any important developments. Key issues include:
NHPA: ACRA works to protect the National Historic Preservation Act, particularly Section 106, which provides the bedrock of CRM work.
SHPOs and THPOs: ACRA members' work relies upon State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices adequately funded by the NHPA's Historic Preservation Fund. SHPOs and THPOs approve CRM reports and allow development projects to proceed efficiently.
Transportation and Infrastructure: Historic preservation and transportation are closely intertwined, as major transportation and infrastructure projects -- roads, bridges, highways--have the potential to effect historic, archaeological and cultural sites because of their large scale CRM facilities the responsible improvement of the Nation's infrastructure.
"Streamlining": While we support initiatives which genuinely improve the efficient delivery of CRM and historic preservation services, we will strongly oppose efforts to limit or eliminate the laws and regulations that ensure the identification, evaluation, appropriate treatment and preservation of historic, archaeological and cultural sites.
Small business regulations: Many ACRA member firms are small business and woman-owned businesses under Small Business Administration rules. We keep an eye on changes to those rules that may help or hinder our members' business.
Making the Economic Case for CRM
In today's political environment, it is critical that we show how CRM supports local economies and communities. Approximately 1,300 heritage management firms nationwide employ over 10,000 heritage management professionals, including archaeologists, preservation architects, architectural historians, historians, and an increasingly diverse group of other specialists. These firms generate over $1 billion in revenue annually. ACRA firms create and support jobs, providing employment for a wide array of professionals, and serve an important role in delivering responsible heritage management solutions for our communities that appropriately balance economic development and heritage preservation.
Join Us for CRM Day
Once every year, ACRA meets in DC for advocacy training and visits to lawmakers on the Hill. Our advocacy work really pays off here, as we meet in person with staffers and Congress members from all over the country to educate them about CRM, and to offer ACRA as a source of information about CRM and historic preservation. Please join us for our CRM Day!
Advocacy and Communications
ACRA regularly communicates our concerns to Congress and Federal Agencies. Please check out our collection of recent correspondence and Congressional testimony, and other materials used in ACRA’s advocacy efforts.
Our Track Record: Successful Advocacy for CRM and Historic Preservation
ACRA, frequently in close cooperation with other national organizations, has successfully advocated for CRM and Historic Preservation on numerous occasions:
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act: ACRA helped ensure removal of proposed language that would have severely weakened the Section 106 regulations by eliminating the National Register eligibility provision
National Programmatic Agreement regulating historic preservation requirements for cell-towers. ACRA actively participated in the development of the programmatic agreement, gaining valuable experience in advocacy and negotiation.
As a tool to track ACRA's advocacy efforts in the past, this subpage will be updated to provide historical information on ACRA's advocacy efforts by year.
Don't miss the opportunity to network with your fellow CRM professionals at ACRA's 22nd Annual Conference, September 15-18 at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.
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