AIA TN Legislative Priorities

The AIA Tennessee government relations committee and staff work throughout the year to protect the profession and advocate on behalf of Tennessee architects. The first session of the 111th General Assembly will convene at Noon/central on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The Board of Directors will review and approve the 2019 Legislative Priorities on January 28, 2019.

Also beginning in January, AIA TN’s Government Relations Committee will begin holding monthly conference calls to discuss legislation that had the potential to threaten public safety, the practice of architecture and architects in general.

Trey Wheeler, AIA, is the chairman of the Government Relations Committee.  Sign up here if you are interested in serving on the committee.

Click here to view the 2018 Legislative Report in AIA’s Advocacy Center – you will need your AIA profile username/login to view the report. Click on “state issues” once you enter the site.

Contact Ashley Cates at if you have questions and/or would like additional information.

Tennessee is missing out on state historic preservation tax incentives. Let’s revitalize Tennessee and create jobs!

Position: AIA Tennessee supports historic preservation tax credits. State historic rehabilitation would benefit Tennessee’s main street and downtown communities in towns throughout the state – both rural and urban.

The goal is to attract private capital to revitalize historic buildings and main street communities, creating desirable places to live and work. Job creation and economic development are proven effects of state historic rehabilitation programs.

Many Tennesseans would benefit from the program:

  • Historic downtowns seeking to revitalize dormant or vacant historic buildings into new businesses, housing and tourist attractions
  • Property owners who currently cannot afford to rehabilitate storefronts or convert historic buildings to code
  • Small businesses seeking an attractive space for customers
  • Civil leaders who want to see property values and tax revenues increased to pay for local services
  • State leaders who want to see economic growth, increased state revenues (by putting vacant historic structures back on the tax revenue rolls) and job creation
  • Tennessee is failing to attract the private capital attracted by neighboring states (particularly Virginia) with state historic rehabilitation programs.
  • The program would preserve our state’s unique history and character, while also creating jobs and generating new state and local tax revenue that more than pays for the cost of the incentive.
  • Often the rehabilitation of a dormant and vacant building has a positive, catalytic impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community, spurring revitalization of a blighted area.

View President Reagan’s speech about the Federal Historic Tax Credit.


View the following resources about State Historic Preservation Tax Credits

More information about additional legislative priorities will be posted in the next few weeks. Contact Ashley Cates at to obtain Legislative Year-end Reports from previous legislative sessions.