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Recapping a busy month for H-2B legislation Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

There have been a lot of moving pieces and shifting strategies around legislation affecting the H-2B visa program. At times, there has been legislation aimed at eliminating the H-2B program altogether—all in the last 30 days or so. But the Colorado landscape industry has worked together and participated in lobbying strategy.

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The case for in-country H-2B transfers Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

When it comes to the H-2B visa program, the landscape industry is the biggest user of H-2B visas in Colorado. Ongoing labor shortages plague the industry, and business leaders are exploring many options for H-2B reform to help bridge the labor gap and increase the availability of seasonal foreign workers to fill jobs that are unable to be filled locally.

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SBA launching PPP forgiveness portal Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

UPDATE: SBA has announced the opening of the PPP forgiveness portal: https://www.sba.gov/article/2021/jul/28/sba-announces-opening-paycheck-protection-program-direct-forgiveness-portal. Borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less can apply directly to SBA for forgiveness through the portal, which opens August 4th.

US Small Business Association (SBA) is launching a PPP loan forgiveness portal that is expected to expedite some forgiveness applications. Borrowers may be able to apply for forgiveness directly with the SBA with this new platform.

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Survey finds that homeowner interest in landscape services has grown Email
Written by Lawn & Landscape   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

What motivates consumers when shopping for landscape services? Lawn & Landscape asked homeowners in a recent survey. The results, available in their Grow the Market report, demonstrate that the importance of and desire for professional landscape and lawn care services has grown in the last five years.

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H-2B updates from NALP--July 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

In recent weeks, there has been much legislative activity around the H-2B visa program. Andrew Bray of NALP, in his weekly email The Advocate, provided regular updates on this activity. Below you can find several of his updates that detail the story behind the whirlwind of actions in support of and against the guest worker program.

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