economy

In support of a guest worker program

PLANET (soon to be the National Association of Landscape Professionals), is a member of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC), and supports the cause to create a guest worker program to strengthen not only our industry, but also the economy. Recently, the EWIC released a statement on immigration reform and a guest worker program. For […]

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Could You Use A Crystal Ball In The New Economy?

  For more than thirty years, PLANET with the help of its suppliers, has sponsored a semi-annual report known as “The Crystal Ball Report”. If you have never heard of this report you are in the majority and man have you been missing out! Each report predicts trends and recommends actions you can take to […]

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What is the biggest change you've made since the downturn? – Part 3

PLANET recently interviewed a few of our members on how they were surviving in these tough economic times. Here is part 3 (of 4) from interviewee, Landon Reeve, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, from Chapel Valley Landscape Co. located in Woodbine, MD. “Our company is divided almost equally between commercial and residential landscape construction and maintenance.  […]

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What is the Biggest Change You've Made Since the Downturn? – Part 2

PLANET recently interviewed a few of our members on how they were surviving in these tough economic times. Here is another interview from Chris Senske of Senske Lawn & Tree Care in Kennwick, WA. “Our lawn care and pest control business has been stable, but we’re down a bit in commercial maintenance, primarily because of […]

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Adjusting to the new economy

As we start the New Year, I’m not alone when I say – last year couldn’t get over fast enough. There’s no question, 2009 was a challenging year for everyone in the industry. Every segment of PLANET membership has been adversely affected, as have been the customers we serve and the manufacturers and distributors who […]

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What is the biggest change you've made since the downturn? – Part 1

PLANET recently interviewed a few of our members on how they were surviving in these tough economic times. Here is one of those interviews from Gerry McCarthy of Mac’s Landscaping in Burlington, MA. “I know we’re not alone when I say the design/build portion of our business has taken a tremendous hit since the recession […]

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