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  • 01/17/2019 1:00 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    If you don't live in Washington, D.C., the daily workings of the federal government can feel far away from your everyday life. CRM professionals know better - federal government operations are integral to their conducting their business. Not only is Section 106 the basis for much of the country's CRM work, but policymakers are making decisions every day that could impact firms on everything from taxes to National Register regulations. Even them NOT making decisions is negatively affecting firms across the country!

    CRM professionals need ensure they have a place at the table. Given the importance of the federal government in our work, it is necessary to advocate for the industry, educate policymakers about the value of our work, and provide expertise on how to make permitting more efficient without sacrificing preservation values. 

    ACRA member Vanessa Mirro conducting meetings on Capitol Hill

    While many professionals understand the importance of the relationship between the federal government and the CRM industry, they feel apprehension about engaging with those making decisions on their behalf - even when those decision makers are not well-informed on heritage-related issues. 

    ACRA's latest webinar - Advocacy Skills for All - aims to give you more confidence in engaging with policymakers. You will get the skills to ensure that you are heard by legislators at all levels of government.

    In this follow up to our post-election webinar, which is FREE for ACRA members (and only $25 for non-members!), we will train you to advocate effectively for your business and your community. We’ll focus on methods for engaging policymakers, and how to communicate your message effectively to different audiences.

    There is no "correct" way to be an advocate - it is just important to participate. Let us show you how you can make a difference for the issues you care about most in the manner you feel most comfortable (and on your own schedule!). Register for Advocacy Skills for All NOW.


  • 01/15/2019 10:00 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    As the federal government shutdown lingers on, more attention is being paid to the toll it takes on federal CRM projects and the firms that work on them. Last week we featured a great piece from Forbes that explores the impact the shutdown has had on vital cultural resources across the country, and we heard from many of you about how you have been affected by the shutdown.

    We heard how everyone from students to firms owners in the CRM industry have lost wages, postponed projects, and even seen cultural sites destroyed. CRM professionals need to let legislators know that the shutdown affects more than just those that are directly on the federal payroll.

    Now ACRA has made it easier for you to tell your shutdown story to those that represent you in DC. Simply use the script below to call your Senators to make sure your voice is heard in Washington.

    ACRA Action Alert: Please call your Senators today about the government shutdown! Phone numbers are available here
    • If your Senator is a Democrat:

      Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to ask [Senator] to oppose any legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened.

      The Senate—including [Senator]—unanimously passed a clean budget that would keep the government open until February. There are 800,000 federal workers going without pay. National parks are filling up with trash. [Insert personal story] This is unacceptable; [Senator] needs to oppose any legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened.

      Will [Senator] commit to voting “no” on all legislation until the government has reopened?

    • If your Senator is a Republican:

      Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to ask [Senator] reopen the government by passing the clean funding bills that passed in the House on January 3.

      The Senate unanimously passed a clean budget that would keep the government open until February, but now Senator McConnell refuses to allow a vote on that same legislation because Democrats have retaken control of the House. The shutdown is personally affecting [me/my business — insert personal story].

      Will [Senator] commit to passing the House funding bills that would reopen our government instead holding our government hostage over the border wall?

  • 01/11/2019 3:48 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    Do you have a CRM-related question you would like feedback on? Did you find an article you think would be interesting for others to read? Post it here in our Open Discussion post.

    From crowd sourcing information to ranting about issues you encounter in the field, this post is the place for you. You can always find it at the bottom of our homepage.

  • 01/09/2019 2:40 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    Welcome to the ACRAsphere, the newest source for CRM news across the nation!

    The ACRAsphere is a blog that focuses specifically on the news and issues of interest to cultural resource management (CRM) firms across the country. Join us as we share information, stories, and news that affect our industry the most. You will also have the opportunity to hear from and collaborate with the diverse voices of CRM.

    Focusing on more than just the technical aspects of CRM, the ACRAsphere will provide you with tips on running your business, engaging with other employees, and expanding the visibility of your firm. From opportunities to engage with legislators to exclusive benefits, you will hear about it here first.

    The ACRAsphere is for you if:

    • ·       You work in cultural resource management
    • ·       You often collaborate or contract with CRM firms
    • ·       You are interested in news concerning CRM, including topics like archaeology, architectural history, historic preservation, and much more

    Why a blog?

    From the publication of CRM-specific newsletters to facilitating discussion on the our now-closed listserv, ACRA has long contributed to communications between cultural resource managers. The Grapevine and its sister newsletter ACRA News were the first publications of their kind intended for private sector CRM companies. Side by side, these two publications were important member benefits that kept firms abreast of the issues that affect them the most.

    Additionally, the ACRA listserv provided members and non-members alike the opportunity to discuss pressing topics, collaborate on issues, and connect with each other raise the profile of the CRM industry. Many of you have said that both the content in the newsletters and the discussion provided by the listserv have been greatly missed, and you’ve been heard.

    ACRA leadership has worked hard to respond to the needs of CRM practitioners, and their goal in resurrecting the newsletter was to find a medium that combined the aspects of your favorite parts of our historical publications. Thus, the ACRAsphere was born.

    Engaging with the ACRAsphere

    Subscribe to the ACRAsphere now to make sure you don’t miss a post – subscribers will receive weekly updates of all posts directly into their inbox.

    We welcome your comments, thoughts, suggestions, and questions. We will quickly remove any comments that are offensive, profane, disrespectful, or irrelevant. Please remember that this blog is a public forum and refrain from posting private information.

    Thank you for reading, commenting, and contributing to ACRAsphere. We are excited to have you here!

    The ACRAsphere Blog Team   

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