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Series: The Economy & The Green Industry

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A continuing series of interviews with green industry leaders. Conducted and edited by the editorial team of Green Media.

With the recent passage of the stimulus bill (the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”), many in the green industry are wondering what effect of the bill, and the continuing efforts of the Obama administration, will be on their industries, their businesses, and of course, themselves.

We asked association executives, business leaders and consultants what they felt the effects of the stimulus will be — and how they feel the economy is effecting their members or their companies.

Below you will find the latest stories in our series:


PLANET Optimism
John Kmitta, editor of Landscape & Irrigation, speaks with Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) President Jason Cupp, CLP, and PLANET’s President-elect Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., CTP, CTP-CSL.


NAEDA advises dealers to focus on basics during these tough times
In this installment, Steve Noe, editor of Outdoor Power Equipment interviewed Paul E. Kindinger, president/CEO, North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA).


ISA urges arborists to “stay sharp, stay hungry” despite down economy
John Kmitta, editor of Arbor Age speaks with Eric Duchinsky, member services director, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).


Stimulus funding has upside for STMA members
Eric Schroder, editor of SportsTurf speaks with Kim Heck, chief executive officer of the Sports Turf Managers Association.


Dan Ariens fears stimulus may lead to “Stagflation”
In this installment, Steve Noe, editor of Outdoor Power Equipment interviewed Dan Ariens, president, The Ariens Company.


Insider’s view on the economy
In this installment, we received the input of Luke Frank, our “Irrigation Insider”. In addition to being a writer and editor in the green industry, Frank is communications director for the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC).


Financing options can still help equipment purchasers
In this installment, we hear from Dale Getz, CSFM, Sports Fields and Grounds Sales Manager, US, The Toro Company.


Stimulus impact on utility arborists uncertain
In this installment, we interviewed Derek Vannice, MBA, CAE, executive director of the Utility Arborists Association.


Fields are valuable assets not to be ignored during recession
In this installment, we hear from Gregg Breningmeyer, Director, Sales and Marketing, Commercial Segment, John Deere.


Leasing options might be good budget move
In this installment, Joe Cunningham, Vice President of Marketing, for Jacobsen, gives his insights.


Rain Bird weighs in on the economy
In this installment, John Kmitta speaks with we spoke with Dave Johnson, director of corporate marketing at Rain Bird.

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