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Colorado Green NOW: the latest news for the Colorado landscape industry.


GreenCO announces candidate endorsements Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 05:00 AM

GreenCOAfter several full days of interviews with candidates and careful consideration, GreenCO announced its endorsements for the upcoming election. Some of these Colorado candidates will also receive donations from the GreenCO PAC. 

“GreenCO supports candidates who understand the values and needs of business owners and work with GreenCO to find common-sense solutions to the issues we face,” said John McMahon, CEO of Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC).

Update on ProGreen EXPO 2021 plans Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 04:00 AM

The ProGreen EXPO partner organizations continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 and explore options for the 2021 event. Organizers have already confirmed many speakers, all of whom have expressed the flexibility to present either virtually or in-person should conditions change.

“We understand that our industry is eager to network, learn, earn CEUs, and explore the trade show again,” said John McMahon, CEO of ProGreen partner organization ALCC. “We continue to explore options that will allow us to present the conference and trade show while making attendee safety our priority.”

There is hope that restrictions may be relaxed when the 100-person indoor capacity limit expires September 30. The ProGreen partners hope to announce a decision in early October, and the green industry will be notified.

Fort Collins water restrictions include ban on lawn watering Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 03:00 AM

No waterThe City of Fort Collins has instituted water restrictions due to ongoing drought conditions. Among the restrictions is a ban on landscape watering beginning October 1. The ban will remain in effect until an order of the City Manager lifts it; city officials expect that order to be made by November 30. A declaration made on Friday, September 11 declared the water restrictions, which affect both indoor and outdoor water use.

DOL proposes rule to clarify independent contractor vs. employee status Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 02:00 AM

WorkersThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced this morning that it has issued a proposed rule that would help clarify the definition of independent contractor. The rule includes an "economic reality" test and questions that employers can ask to help them determine classification of the worker.

Pandemic, storms continue to affect supply chain Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 01:00 AM

PVC pipesEnvironmental factors continue to affect supplies for the landscape industry. Hurricanes in the South and fires in the West have disrupted a market that was already experiencing delays and shortages due to the pandemic. A robust market and increased demand for landscaping services has put further strains the market, according to some sources.

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