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PLANET, the national trade association that represents landscape industry companies, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces announces partnership with the ALCC.

The Professional Landcare Network names the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado as a State Association Ambassador after a recent $100,000 pledge to the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation scholarship fund.

This is the second state association, alongside Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, to be designated as a PLANET State Association Ambassador.

"We are very excited that ALCC has partnered with PLANET AEF with their scholarship fund," said PLANET AEF President, Tom Fochtman, Landscape Industry Certified. "It creates more of a national presence for ALCC and the student recipients of the scholarships."

The PLANET State Association Ambassador is able to establish the criteria for its scholarships by deciding the amount of the scholarship, the number of scholarships it will give to students, and which schools within its state will receive these scholarships.

"We chose to partner with PLANET AEF for a number of reasons," said Kristen Fefes, ALCC executive director. "But the primary goal was to help secure the future of the industry. ALCC has had a scholarship program and Foundation for years, so partnering with PLANET AEF's resources made sense."

PLANET AEF, formerly the ALCA Educational Foundation was formed in 1998 and has awarded $730,000 in scholarships to 720 students.

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