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Way To Go PLANET and the NJLCA!!!

By George Schmok

Congratulations to PLANET and the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association or their bold and historic partnership!

As you may recall, last month I advocated for the states to join with PLANET to give greater weight to landscape contractors on a national level. Just days after the column went to print we received the announcement of their partnership.

Here is an excerpt from that announcement . . .

HERNDON, Va., February 1, 2012 - The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA). Recognizing the importance of unifying the green industry at both the local and national level, PLANET and NJLCA recently entered into this agreement that will use the strengths of both organizations to enhance the value delivered to both membership groups through education and networking, legislative advocacy, and consumer awareness programs.

''PLANET has valued our informal partnership and efforts with NJLCA over the last several years. By formalizing our relationship into this agreement, we look forward to continuing to build a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship over the coming years,'' said PLANET's Chief Executive Officer Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CMP.

This partnership will offer PLANET members in New Jersey the opportunity to become part of a community of like-minded landscape professionals in their home state, while offering NJLCA members the chance to participate in and grow their businesses through the opportunities provided by PLANET. To promote and support the importance of membership, both organizations have agreed to extend significant discounts on membership dues to the members of the other organization.

''The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is very excited to be the first statewide landscape association to be partnering with PLANET in a joint venture to develop and grow both organizations,'' stated NJLCA President Jody Shilan. ''We are confident that this relationship will provide additional value to the members of the NJLCA and its 45-year history, as we continuously strive to help educate our members, provide business opportunities, and help advance professionalism in the green industry.''

While the process was two years in the making, it has paved the way for every state to partner with PLANET and help to unify Landscape Contractors across the nation. Which state will be next? Only time will tell, but let's hope it doesn't take another two years. In fact, let's hope that over the next two years all 50 states develop a like-minded partnership and finally give the Landscape Contractors a strong, comprehensive national voice . . .

Again . . . Congratulations to PLANET, the NJLCA and the entire industry for this courageous and forward reaching step!

God Bless . . .

George Schmok, Publisher

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