Front Page News - May 2006PLANET and ANLA agree not to merge at this time
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) have announced that they have decided not to proceed with plans to merge. The two organizations, however, intend to remain aligned in delivering services, expanding public outreach, and exerting political influence.
Newsweek’s Howard Fineman to speak at legislative event
Howard Fineman, Newsweek’s chief political correspondent and Washington bureau chief, will be the keynote speaker at PLANET’s upcoming Legislative Day on the Hill event, July 23–25, 2006, in Washington, D.C. He will kick off the opening session before participants gather for the issue briefings. The keynote event is sponsored by FMC.
These are exciting times for PLANET and the green industry. You can make a difference in shaping the future of both by joining other green industry professionals at PLANET’s annual Summer Leadership Meeting, August 16–20, 2006, in beautiful Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Besides the strategy meetings and networking opportunities, the Wild Dunes Resort is an ideal location to bring your entire family for a memorable vacation experience.
Specialty Symposium returns to specialized-tracks format
PLANET’s Specialty Symposium, August 4–6, 2006, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will return to its popular format of four specialized tracks — design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, landscape management, and lawn care — each designed to hone in on attendees’ specific business areas. After a general session on learning to treat customers like precious commodities, participants will attend educational sessions with others in their own specialty group. Be sure to also sign up for the ticketed marketing seminar led by Judith Guido.
Gain credibility and build relationships at Plants at Work training session
A Plants at Work “Train the Trainer” session will be held at the PLANET Specialty Symposium. This session provides attendees with the opportunity to be trained as an AIA Continuing Education Units Provider. Participants will leave the training equipped with a binder full of tools to effectively reach architects in their region, including contact resources, full PowerPoint presentation, session handouts, and research studies. To register e-mail email@example.com or call (800) 347-9014 by Friday, July 28, 2006.
New patches promote certification pride
Purchase the new PLANET certification patches to add to your crews’ uniform shirts or jackets. You’ll be letting your customers know that your employees have earned an industry designation. The patches are available for all certification designations — Certified Landscape Professional-Exterior (CLP-E), Certified Landscape Professional-Interior (CLP-I), Certified Landscape Technician-Exterior (CLT-E), Certified Landscape Technician-Interior (CLT-I), Certified Turfgrass Professional (CTP), Certified Turfgrass Professional-Cool Season Lawns (CTP-CSL), and Certified Ornamental Landscape Professional (COLP).
Reap the rewards of an award
PLANET members have the opportunity to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the green industry through its various awards programs. Nominations are now being accepted for the Green Industry Contribution Award, Community Service Recognition Program, Association Partner of the Year Award, Association Executive Partner of the Year Award, and Lifetime Leadership Award.
Take a look at GIE’s interactive floor plan online at www.gieonline.com. If you’ve already applied for exhibit space, a GIE representative soon will be contacting you to discuss your specific booth location. More than 75 percent of the trade-show floor space already has been sold, with 206 companies taking advantage of the early-bird pricing.
GIE also has announced a revised trade show schedule as follows:
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Product Field Day: 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Keynote Address: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2006
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2006
For more details on exhibiting or to request an exhibitor information packet, please contact Cheryl Claborn in the GIE office at (888) 303-3685 or e-mail Cheryl@gieonline.com.