Renovation of AOA national headquarters complete
In November 2016, a major renovation to the AOA's national headquarters facility was completed, on time and under budget.
The building renovation began in October 2015 without interruption of service to members. The renovation kicked off with a ceremony that included the AOA Board, AOA staff and federal, state and local government officials.
The AOA has occupied the building, which was constructed in 1968, since 1978. The facility has had no major work performed since the AOA took ownership. The renovated building has already significantly reduced annual maintenance costs and improved the facility's infrastructure, which will allow AOA to better serve its members.
"Our renovated building represents a renewal of the AOA's more than 100-year-old founding commitment to our member doctors and a way for us to say thanks to our outstanding neighbors and government officials who have helped make optometry feel at home here," said Steven A. Loomis, O.D., AOA immediate past president.
"We want to thank the leadership of the AOA and our affiliates for investing in the AOA through our new fundraising campaign. Within the first three months of reaching out to enlist support, the AOA has received more than $300,000," says Andrea P. Thau, O.D., AOA president. "These investments will help offset construction costs and, more importantly, ensure that we will continue to advance quality, accessible eye care for America from the AOA headquarters for decades to come."
Dr. Thau and other AOA Board of Trustees members will be joined by federal, state and local government officials for the official ribbon cutting on Feb. 1.
AOA leadership, members and local dignitaries will tour the newly renovated AOA headquarters at several events in early 2017, including President's Council on Jan. 13 and the AOA volunteer meeting on Feb. 4.
Developing tomorrow’s leaders, today
In 2017, the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association launched an ambitious initiative to bring 2,000+ students and newly graduated doctors of optometry to Washington, D.C., to promote career readiness and success, foster professional aspirations and develop the next generation. Called AOA+, the initiative is returning to Optometry’s Meeting® 2023, bigger and bolder than before. Six years later, what do those inaugural participants say about AOA+ as a catalyzing moment in their careers?
AOA redoubles plan advocacy; volunteers chart association’s path forward
Nearly 300 AOA volunteers convened in committee workgroups this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, to engage in association business, including developing impactful resources and advising optometry’s foremost advocate.
Optometry’s Meeting® 2023: Keep up with contemporary optometry through continuing education
What are you waiting for? Early-bird registration is now open for Optometry’s Meeting® in Washington, D.C., June 21-24. And that means you can get first dibs on continuing education and professional development at the premier event in our profession. Interested in a unique, interactive case history diagnosis workshop or working toward a micro-credential for paraoptometric surgical assisting? Enroll in the education at Optometry’s Meeting.