The Indsutrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has joined the movement to create the Maryland Design Excellence Commission. IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage has submitted a letter to the chair and vice chair of the Maryland General Assembly's Senate Finance Committee, asking lawmakers to pass SB581/HB1084 as "an important investment by the State of Maryland in the current and future quality of life for all Maryland citizens that will bring a return on this investment in multiple ways."
"IDSA, headquartered in the National Capital region, proudly is marking its 50th year," writes Martinage. "The Society represents thousands of members around the world and across the country including designers in Maryland via the IDSA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Indeed, awareness and support of the design field is growing; March 5 was entered into the U.S. Congressional Record this year as the first National Industrial Design Day."
IDSA believes establishment of the Maryland Design Excellence Commission "will develop design-driven innovation programs and outcomes fostering sustainable economic development, competitive job growth, effective government services and livable communities for all Maryland citizens."