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ALCC community remembers Tom Trench Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 05:00 AM

“Fabulous!”

Among the recollections of Tom Trench that were shared in recent days, one anecdote was shared repeatedly. When he entered a room or answered the phone and ALCC peers asked, “How are you, Tom,” his reply was always a booming, “I’m fabulous!”

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Get motivated with peer networking Email
Written by Jeffrey Scott   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 04:00 AM

Recently, one of my long-term peer groups met with me via Zoom and shared some extremely useful tips (below). Some had doubts that a Zoom meeting could be productive and inspiring, but by the end of it, everyone was jazzed.

My friend Jason Craven, CEO of the $30M business Southern Botanical, was a guest speaker at this meeting, and he was inspiring. Here are some takeaways from our peer group meeting:

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New Plant Select plants for 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 03:00 AM

Plant Select®, a collaborative effort between Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and horticulturists around the world, announced three new introductions being promoted for 2021 and is giving additional promotion to two other plants that Plant Select previously introduced. Now entering its 24th year, Plant Select is a leading source of plants that thrive in the High Plains and intermountain region. These plants provide gardeners and landscape professionals with smart, stunning and successful gardens using less water and fewer resources, ultimately having a more positive environmental impact.

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PPP changes meant to improve access for smallest businesses Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 02:00 AM

The White House and the US Small Business Association (SBA) have announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The goal of the changes, according to the announcements, is to promote better, more equitable access to relief funds and to support the “smallest of small businesses.”

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In memoriam: Tom Trench Email
Written by ALCC   
Monday, February 22, 2021 12:00 AM

Tom TrenchIt is with great sadness that ALCC shares the passing of Tom Trench, longtime ALCC member and past board president. Tom is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Jennifer and Laurie, and granddaughters Alyssa and Annabella, as well as a myriad of loved ones and friends. His loss will be felt across the Colorado green industry.

"We were shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing," said John McMahon, ALCC CEO. "He was a valued member of our industry, and it is clear by the outpouring of love we've seen that he had a tremendous impact on many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues."

No services are currently planned due to restrictions on gatherings. But his family hopes to host a celebration of life this summer. We will share details on this event as soon as they are available. ALCC is also working with the Trench family and friends to establish a scholarship in Tom's memory. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Tom can contribute to the scholarship fund when it is available.

We will share a remembrance of Tom Trench in Wednesday's Colorado Green NOW and hope to have more information about the scholarship fund by then. If you wish to share your own thoughts or memories, please send them to [email protected]. We hope to share some of them on Wednesday or in an upcoming issue of Colorado Green magazine.

Condolences can be sent c/o Debbie Trench, 12687 E Bates Cir, Aurora CO 80014.

 
DOL abruptly ends PAID program Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 04:00 AM

The US Department of Labor has closed the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program, effective January 29, 2021 when it was announced. The program ended less than three years from its launch date in 2018.

From the DOL release: 

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination program launched by the department’s Wage and Hour Division in 2018. The program allowed employers to self-report federal minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act to avoid litigation, penalties or damages, and prohibited affected workers from taking any private action on the identified violations.

“Workers are entitled to every penny they have earned,” said Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman. “The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program deprived workers of their rights and put employers that play by the rules at a disadvantage. The U.S. Department of Labor will rigorously enforce the law, and we will use all the enforcement tools we have available.” 

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Noisy yard became a peaceful haven Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 03:00 AM

Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Inc. (RMCL) has been working on a clients’ Vail property for eight years. The homeowners originally contracted RMCL’s construction division to build water features on this high-elevation, mountainous site and subsequently hired RMCL to plant and maintain gardens on the property.

“The clients’ goal was to have thick, vibrant gardens full of color to soften the hardscapes of cascading water,” says Lauren Crary, maintenance & gardening account manager at RMCL, who has been managing this site for the past three years. “They also wanted the gardens to blend into the surrounding wildflower areas and have some ornamentals closer to the home.” RMCL uses annuals, perennials and shrubs to create the color and naturalized effect the clients wanted. The homeowners also wanted to harvest organic produce from their yard by growing climate-appropriate edibles.

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3 things that will make or break your landscape company in 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 02:00 AM

As the weather turned and landscape companies prepared for a lucrative high season, COVID-19 sent shockwaves through the market. The halt of many commercial businesses due to stay-at-home orders paired with a sharp decline in consumer confidence induced an economic spiral, and landscape companies were not left unscathed. Pre-pandemic, landscaping services had a promising growth trajectory; now, industry growth is projected to decline by 6.2% in 2020.1

The initial shock faded, and many landscape companies enjoyed a busy, successful summer. However, as the long-term economic impact of the pandemic has yet to be unveiled, business leaders must embrace agility and proactivity to survive and thrive in the aftermath of COVID-19. As business leaders establish initiatives for the coming year, we remind companies that the path to recovery requires reinvention in three key areas: cash, throughput, and people.

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New OSHA guidelines aim to clarify COVID-19 prevention recommendations Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 01:00 AM

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new workplace guidance related to coronavirus. The stronger guidance was created in response to direction from President Biden to provide clear recommendations for employers in order to keep workers safe.

The new guidance, “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace,” does not constitute a standard or regulation. OSHA states that it does not create any new legal obligations for employers.

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Have you assessed your company's cybersecurity risks? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 01:00 AM

Throughout the pandemic, businesses have become more reliant on the Internet and in technology that allows them to safely connect with employees and customers. Invoicing and payments online, Zoom meetings, and communication platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams have allowed businesses to continue to operate amid COVID-19 restrictions. But all of this interconnectedness comes with risk. Increased reliance on web-based technology can leave a company vulnerable to fraudsters and hackers. If your company has not conducted a review of its cybersecurity efforts recently, now is the time to act--before the busy season gets underway.

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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
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

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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