ANLA Speaks With One Voice in D.C.

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) has announced its biennialLegislative Conference during the week of July 20-25, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The conferencebrings together industry business owners and managers representing the growing, distribution, landscape and retail sectors, as well as sister organizations with similar legislative agendas. Attendees are briefed on timely and important national legislative and regulatory issues, meet with Members of Congress and are trained in grassroots advocacy techniques.

“ANLA’s Legislative Conference is an important opportunity for me to learn about the issues affecting my business and the growers and distributors I work with,” says ANLA president Joanne Kostecky, owner of design/build firm Joanne Kostecky Landscape Design in Allentown, Pa. “I get to have an impact in Washington D.C. in areas that affect both my bottom line and the future success of my business.”

As ANLA continues to advocate for a comprehensive solution to immigration reform this year, the 2007 Legislative Conference is strategically timed to follow-up on any action, or inaction, by Congress this session. “Whether it’s the streamlining of the H-2A program, fixing the cap currently placed on the H-2B program, advocating for the expansion of funding to the Nursery-Floriculture Research Initiative , or reforming our current tax system to lower the burdens on small business, the ANLA Legislative Conference affords our industry the opportunity to speak with one voice in Washington,” said John Farner, director of legislative relations for the ANLA. “Next July’s Conference will play a key roll in shaping the ANLA’s legislative initiatives and victories for the next session.”

“This conference is truly a time for the industry to come together and work towards our collective future,” says Dave Bender, executive director of the Illinois Nurserymen’s Association (INA). “As an ANLA legislative partner thorough the Lighthouse program, INA recognizes the importance of our industry working together at all levels to have an impact on national issues affecting our industry.”

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