March 2019

Matt Hiner

March is shaping up to be a busy month for ALCC. We’ll recognize our peers with The ELITE awards and Volunteer Service Awards at a ceremony in just two weeks. I look forward to recognizing the excellent work that our member companies do, and we are privileged to have an impressive group of volunteers to celebrate once again this year.  

This month ALCC has also put together a variety of educational offerings for landscape professionals:  Irrigation Boot Campa 10-hour OSHA course presented with NALP, a lunch and learn in the Southern chapter about trenching safety and a presentation by Cool Planet for those interested in sustainable practices, soil amendments, and marketing techniquesThese are great ways to prepare your team for spring work. 

In another effort to prepare for spring work, landscape companies are ramping up recruiting efforts for the busy seasons. Activity on the Landscape Industry Careers job board shows aincrease in Colorado job listings over the last couple of weeks as the labor shortage continues to be the major pain point for business owners. 

The workforce shortage is a critical issue, especially since we’ve already hit the H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019. Once again, I urge you to reach out to your legislators and let them know the importance of having enough workers to fill the need for services. If you are interested in advocating for our industry and helping bridge the labor gap, please contact John McMahon at 303 757-5611 to get involved. 

In the meantime, your ALCC board continues to guide the organization in finding ways to promote our careers in our industry. The Landscape Career Pathways program is growing, with more high school programs added each year, a small equipment maintenance certificate in the works, and an arborist apprenticeship preparing to launch.   

But we can’t grow the industry without the help of each of you. I encourage you to contact ALCC staff to see how you can become involved as a volunteer to talk with young people about the industry or to teach them the skills to get a jump start on a career.

Matt Hiner
Hiner Landscapes, Colorado Springs
ALCC Board President

 
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