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Action needed to #SaveH2B 11/18/20 Email
Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 02:15 PM
H-2B visa program

Your Help is Needed to #SaveH2B 

Requested Action:

House and Senate leaders are working to finalize a Fiscal 2021 spending package before the current temporary spending bill or continuing resolution expires on December 11. If your Senators and Representative support to the H-2B program, please reach out to them about the need to include H-2B cap relief any FY 21 spending package. If your Senators and Representatives are opposed to the H-2B program, you do not need to do anything. We are hoping to rally our supporters to help get cap relief over the finish line.  A list of known H-2B supporters is attached.  Please see if your elected officials are on this list and if so, please take the following steps:

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Voting is open for 2021 board of directors Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00 AM

At its meeting on October 29, the ALCC Board of Directors approved a slate of officers and directors for the 2021 calendar year. View and vote for the slate via this link: Board of Directors 2021

You must be logged in to take the form, and you may only take the form once. Each ALCC member company may submit one vote; additional ballots submitted with be disqualified. Ballots must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on December 4, 2020. If you need help with your login, contact us at 303 757-5611 or email [email protected].

 
An update on the 2021 ELITE Awards Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:00 AM

The ELITE Awards

We’ve received a lot of inquiries about the 2021 ELITE Awards and want to update you on the revised time frame for submissions and judging.

Due to COVID-19, we do not anticipate being able to host an in-person awards event in March as usually planned. Therefore, we have pushed back the awards timeline and hope to host an event in May 2021.

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Compliance reminder: Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

On January 1, 2021, Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law takes effect. You might think, “my company does not discriminate, so we’re in compliance.” But there are record-keeping requirements and other provisions of the law that should prompt your company to review processes in order to ensure compliance in the new year.

Under the law, wage discrimination based on sex is prohibited, and those who issue complaints may bring civil lawsuits against an employer for such discrimination. But the law includes additional prohibitions and requirements for employers. Those include (but are not limited to):

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Colorado Springs Utilities honored for landscape industry partnerships Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Colorado Springs Utilities received the Irrigation Association’s SWAT Outstanding Industry Partnership Award for 2020 in honor of its Landscape Professional Trade Allies Program. The water provider aimed to increase the purchase and installation of efficient irrigation products through rebates through educational workshops and partnership with area landscape contractors.  

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Northern Water received 2020 WaterSense Award Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District was among the organizations named Partners of the Year in the 2020 WaterSense awards. The award winners were announced October 7 during a WaterSmart Innovations webinar held in lieu of the canceled conference. It was Northern Water's first such award recognition.

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2020 top-rated annuals from CSU trials Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Approximately 95 professional and advanced Master Gardeners rated over 1,150 flowering and foliage plants over the week of August 3-8, 2020 as part of the Colorado State University (CSU) Annual Trials. Not able to have an official ‘evaluation day’ due to COVID-19 restrictions for large public gatherings at the university, plants were rated by professionals over the span of several days, which allowed individuals to participate in a safe, socially distanced manner.

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Final chance to advertise in the Colorado Green EXPO issue ends Nov 17th Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Whether you’re a first-time advertiser, looking for additional sales fuel or need to introduce new products, services and concepts, Colorado Green is your hands-on EXPO alternative. Members will refer back to the issue for tips to maximize their online EXPO experience. Don’t miss out, reserve your space today.

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H-2B update on FY21 appropriations Email
Written by JOhn McMahon   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00 AM
H-2B visa program

This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee released draft FY 21 spending bills on its website to aid in House-Senate discussions on a final spending package for Fiscal 2021, which began on October 1. The federal government is currently operating under a temporary spending bill, or continuing resolution, that runs through Dec. 11.

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CEO update: COVID, ProGreen, safety Email
Thursday, November 05, 2020 04:00 PM

Good afternoon,

ALCC is watching closely as Colorado’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise. We will keep you apprised of any changes or restrictions that may affect your landscape company. Remember that as regulations and safety protocols change, it is important that we follow the rules as an industry and show that we are doing everything for safe practices.

We hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and that your businesses continue to serve clients while adhering to updated 2020 safety protocols.

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COVID update: Denver and Adams Counties return to Safer at Home Level 3 restrictions Email
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 11:00 AM

In the face of rising cases of coronavirus and of hospitalizations, City and County of Denver and Adams County have returned to Level 3 Safer at Home restrictions.

Adams County announced the change last Friday, with the increased restrictions taking effect Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 PM:

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Colorado shines at NALP Awards of Excellence 2020 Email
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowSeven Colorado-based landscape companies were recognized at the NALP LANDSCAPES event, held virtually this year. Most of the sixteen Awards of Excellence were earned by projects found along the Colorado Front Range. Two more Colorado companies received safety awards as well. Read on for the full list of winning work.

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Exam prep available for Commercial Pesticide Applicator exam Email
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NowOnce again, the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to offer the Commercial Pesticide Applicators Exam Prep Seminars. The seminars, presented virtually via Zoom this fall, are designed to help participants prepare for and pass the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Commercial Pesticide Applicators Licensing Exam.

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