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American Institute of Architects Michigan Names Senator Jason Allen (R) Legislator of the Year

Detroit, MI, May 07, 2008 --( The American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIA Michigan) announced the selection of State Senator Jason Allen (R) as its 2008 Legislator of the Year.

Allen’s selection by the organization’s Board of Directors is based on several criteria, including dedication to public service, devotion to enhancing the public’s health and safety, and for understanding the contribution that design professionals make toward a better quality of life in the state.

Representing Grand Traverse, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Chippewa and Mackinac Counties, Allen has emerged as a leader by spearheading a number of statewide initiatives to stimulate Michigan’s economy and create jobs. Since being elected senator in 2002, the Traverse City native has helped develop programs designed to revitalize cities and downtown areas as locations for business investment and growth.

“Senator Allen is truly deserving of this distinguished honor,” said Steve Smith, AIA, president of AIA Michigan. “He exemplifies the kind of person that we need to help get our economy back on the right track.”

After graduating from Miami University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in fashion merchandising, Allen returned to Traverse City to work in his family’s menswear business.

Allen’s political career began after a stint with the National Guard. He completed a successful term on the Grand Traverse County Board of Commission. During this time, he was an advocate for neighborhood support and improvement. He also served on the Great Lakes Community Health Board and the Northwestern Michigan Council of Governments, a 10-county multi-jurisdictional agency dedicated to law enforcement, planning and economic development.

Allen has been active in Republican politics since high school. A veteran campaigner, he has assisted on many school board, city and statewide elections. He has been a precinct delegate for many years, and served on the Grand Traverse Executive Committee and as the Northern Michigan Chair for President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed Allen to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.

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The mission of the American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIA Michigan) is to serve its membership, advance the values of the profession and improve the quality of the built environment. For more information on AIA Michigan, please visit

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