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HERNDON, VA -- The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) recently announced its commitment to the green industry through its contribution to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) for the implementation of a national economic impact study. The NUCFAC grant was awarded to Dr. Charles Hall, professor and extension economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee. The study will focus on the economic impact of the green industry in the United States, and ALCA will assist NUCFAC in publicizing the results. NUCFAC has been working toward recognition of the relationship between urban/community forestry and the green industry, and the mutual importance of both entities to the infrastructure of our communities. The green industry provides plant material, products, and services, and urban forestry provides a market for those resources. Each brings specific and valuable expertise to the other and to the communities they serve. This, in turn, creates quantifiable factors that illustrate the economic impact of that relationship. Statistical information will be identified and made available to individuals and organizations working on behalf of both urban forestry and the green industry. The data will be a valuable tool to strengthen and enhance the value of both industries at the local and national levels. Developing a mechanism by which this relationship can be measured is crucial to understanding how to best plan for future strengthening of both industries. The national economic impact study addresses this important need. For more information visit www.alca.org.

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