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Hopefully this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe.
First, I'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered to help address the many issues in this crisis. I'd also like to thank Elizabeth and Qisti for maintaining the continuity of the Chapter's operations--other than the fact that all meetings are virtual, we would never be able to tell there is anything out of the ordinary going on.
We continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 on our Chapter's activities. We have made the decision to continue to offer virtual meetings and events during the extended social distancing period through April 30th per the federal government's recommendation.
I want to update you on what we're doing to maintain a semblance of normalcy and to continue delivering high-quality programming to our members. For April we will be rolling out more virtual town hall meetings like the Business Continuity and Development session. We will also be holding a webinar with the former Mayor of Columbus, Michael B. Coleman, and are in discussions with Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA to reschedule the lecture that was postponed in March to a webinar format. Finally, our committees will continue to meet virtually.
During these difficult times, we strive to provide relevant programming that addresses your immediate needs. Please click this link to let us know how to better serve you. Your input will help us adapt our programming in this constantly changing situation.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility when it comes to rapidly adjusting our schedules and adapting to an online focused delivery of programming. We are going to be stronger when this passes because of the demonstrated will and cohesion of our Chapter.
COVID-19 Relief Package Information from AIA National
Ohio is in some unchartered territory with the outbreak of COVID-19. Architects and Engineers need to take up the challenge and help our state and local governments in this time of need. AIA Ohio has started a Task Force: AIA Ohio – COVID-19 Response Task Force to address some of these issues.
AIA Ohio and local chapters across the state are calling on all who are able, to volunteer their time and or donate critical resources to this effort.
What we are looking to do:
1. We are looking to compile a list of health care architects throughout the state. If you are currently doing health care work, please identify your firm and any key members of your firm who could help answer questions or give guidance if needed. Click here to access the form.
COVID-19 Legislative Update
There is a lot of action on Capitol Hill to help mobilize relief for small business owners and workers during these unprecedented times. We feel that it is important that AIA members stay abreast of these developments and want to provide periodic updates as the information develops. Click here to read more.
Resources for Architects
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Institutes of Health
- United States of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- World Health Organization
- Ohio Department of Health
- Navigating the Economy: Architects Weather Ebb and Flow of Projects
- The AIA Foresight Report and navigating through a recession with new business models
- Small Firm Exchange
- An Architect's Guide to Virtual Practice
- Straightforward Advice on Preserving Cash Flow
- Seven Steps to More Creative, Engaged, and Productive Virtual Meetings
- Advocacy COVID-19 Update March 2020
- BGOV OnPoing-Coronavirus Response Measures
- Architectural Billing Index
- AIA Ohio COVID-19 Resources
- IMAGINiT Working Remotely with Autodesk Software
- Autodesk Extended Access Program for Cloud Collaboration Products
- Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Ohio Department of Commerce: Support for Small Businesses
- AIA Ohio Online Meeting Comparison Chart
- Webinar: Architecture Firms and Working Remotely
- How to appply for PPP loans starting today - April 3rd