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The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

CO legislature on recess until Feb 16 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

The Colorado state 2021 legislative session convened on January 13 for three days and is currently on a temporary recess. The Colorado General Assembly is expected to reconvene on February 16 and tackle many of the issues left on the table last year amid the pandemic.

In the three days of the session, legislators were sworn in and seven bills became law. Two laws are of specific interest to businesses. In most cases, the new laws involved some “housekeeping” that cleaned up details left from last year’s session.

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New utility locates ordinance now in effect in Colorado Springs Email
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 04:00 AM

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Landscape contractors in the Colorado Springs area should be aware of a new ordinance now in effect regarding utility locates. The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program took effect on January 1, 2021.

The ordinance is similar to state laws, with some additional requirements and enforcement. Read the full ordinance. 

There are several virtual opportunities to learn more about the requirements of the new ordinance and plans for enforcement: February 3 or February 5, 7:00 am-8:30 am. Interested professionals can register online to attend.

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Thoughts on the state of the landscape industry Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Each year at ProGreen EXPO, business leaders have had the opportunity to meet at a VIP breakfast or lunch gathering to network and share, and to learn about issues affecting the Colorado green industry. While ProGreen’s online format this year doesn’t allow for a traditional face-to-face, catered event, Colorado Green spoke with John McMahon, Chief Executive Officer at ALCC, and with other industry professionals to gather input on the state of the industry and offer thoughts on the Colorado economy as a precursor to the state of the industry panel discussion that will take place during the ProGreen Experience.

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Colorado sales/use tax portal now available Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Confused by Colorado sales and use taxes? You are not alone. But some new tools are available while landscape industry advocates work toward sales and use tax reform. Colorado Department of Revenue Tax Division has unveiled its promised Sales  and Use Tax System (SUTS) aimed at helping businesses comply with state requirements.

The SUTS portal automates collections and remittances of retail sale tax and is available to businesses with retail sales over $100,000 per year. Next year the system will be made available to more businesses outside of those parameters.

Also included in SUTS is a Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows any visitor to the site to look up a ZIP code or address and see the local tax rate as well as a breakdown of rate details.  

Click here to view the SUTS portal or to sign up as a user.

See the GIS or Sales Tax Lookup Tool. 

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How do you sell when the world is shut down? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Every member of the green industry faced challenges in the pandemic. Landscape contractors ended up being incredibly busy, and supply chain disruptions of all sorts made it difficult to complete some projects in a timely fashion. Recently, Colorado Green NOW checked in with some green industry members who were forced to quickly adapt their procedures to fit the “new normal” and continue to serve their clients. In some ways, the landscape industry remains old-fashioned. Personal relationships and face-to-face interactions are key to doing business. But as an industry often affected by unpredictability (i.e., weather), resilience is also a hallmark.

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