Association Teams Up for Annual Green Industry Show

The New York State Turfgrass Association, (NYSTA), which has hosted the annual Turf & Grounds Exposition each November for nearly 30 years, has formed partnerships with the New York State Nursery/Landscape Association (NYSN/LA), New York State Arborists - ISA Chapter, Inc. (NYSA), and New York Flower Industries (NYSFI) to create the 2005 Empire State Green Industry Show. This comprehensive green industry show, which will take place on November 15-17, 2005, in Rochester, N.Y., will replace NYSTA’s Turf & Grounds Exposition and will include program offerings from NYSTA, NYSN/LA, NYSA and NYSFI.

“We wanted to reach out to other industry leaders who have expressed an interest in a united green industry show in New York State,” said James Diermeier CGM/CNP, president of NYSTA. “We believe that associations would benefit by having one comprehensive show held in one place at one time. This would also decrease the number of shows vendors must attend each year while increasing traffic to their booths. Attendees would gain by having multi-association educational programs to choose from and the opportunity to network with their peers in a related industry. All around it’s a win-win proposition.” The New York State Turfgrass Association is comprised of a group of green industry professionals who have joined together to share technology, promote environmental stewardship, support education, advance research and disseminate research findings.

According to David Green, president of NYSFI, “Over the past years, each of the associations has been working hard to gain attention for their individual shows. This has been difficult because of cutbacks and the current financial climate. This trade show will include 340 vendor booths and is the largest in the state. Everyone will also benefit from the superb lineup of educational seminars. NYSFI is proud to be a part of this.” NYSFI is an association made up of flower growers in New York State.

Gary Carbocci, president of NYSA, an association of professional arborists and educators that promotes public interest and fosters research and education in the care and benefit of trees, shrubs and their environment notes, “By making a concerted attempt to reach out to other green industry organizations, we have come to realize that we have a lot in common. It is obvious that people who maintain turf, design and install landscapes, or grow nursery plants, are not necessarily trained as arborists. This show will give us the opportunity to combine our areas of expertise and broaden the outreach of NYSA.”

Bob Smith, president of NYSN/LA, one of the state’s leading trade associations serving the interests of nursery growers, garden center operators and landscapers concludes, “Our industries have worked together in many other matters and it was sensible to integrate our education and trade show under one roof. Combined there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

The Empire State Green Industry Show is also being endorsed by the New York State Recreation and Park Society, New York Golf Course Owners Association, and the New York State Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds. For more information on the 2005 Empire State Green Industry Show, call the show office 1-800-873-8873, (518) 783-1229, or visit our web site at Registration forms for trade show exhibitors are now available and attendee registration forms will be available in the near future.

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