HighGrove Partners, one of metro-Atlanta’s largest commercial landscape contractors, joined hundreds of other landscape industry professionals from across the country in Washington, D.C. for two special events: Legislative Day on the Hill and Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Both events are presented annually by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape industry professionals.
On July 23, 2013, hundreds of PLANET members converged on Capitol Hill to meet with their local officials and discuss a wide array of issues impacting the landscape industry, including immigration reform, over-regulation, and Lyme disease related legislation. HighGrove Partners CEO, Jim McCutcheon, was among them.
“There are so many issues impacting our company and the economy in general, so it is important that our voice is heard,” explained McCutcheon. “This event, without question, provides one of the best opportunities possible to do this.”
The landscape industry is a $71 billion industry that employs approximately 900,000 people and helps to fuel the nation’s economy.
“This event allows PLANET members to meet with their elected officials and discuss issues that are important to their businesses and the lawn and landscape industry as a whole,” said PLANET President Glenn Jacobsen.
Landscape companies are visiting the Hill today. Our $71 billion industry helps supports the economy and our communities. #rrlegday
— Mike Caprio (@Mike_Caprio) July 23, 2013
On Monday, a day before heading to the Hill, HighGrove Partners participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery where the hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals spend the day mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, liming 150 acres, planting, and aerating the soil.
Many PLANET members have special connections at the cemetery either through relatives and friends who are buried there or through their own military service.
“This was my first visit to Arlington, but it will not be my last. The opportunity to serve in such a beautiful and humbling place is a gift I plan to receive each year,” said McCutcheon.
Learn more about HighGrove Partners. Image below: HighGrove CEO, Jim McCutcheon, participating in PLANET’s Legislative Day On The Hill.