Gil Grattan has spearheaded the development of a survey of the
entire green industry. We owe him a huge measure of thanks because
over twelve years have elapsed since the last one! Please take time to
click on the appropriate link and complete the on-line survey.
We need to let persons in the General Assembly know the size and
economic importance of our industry!
Because all the
aforementioned associations are participating in the survey, each
industry association will distribute the survey to their members from
now through December 2016. Pending the level of participation, we aim
to complete the survey by Spring /early Summer of 2017.
Below, there are links to surveys for the Sports Turf and Lawn Care
areas. Choose the one (either click link or copy and paste the link
into your web browser) for the industry with which you are most
familiar. Please make sure to share it with your friends and
associates in the industry. Our goal is to utilize the data collected
to let everybody know we are a significant industry in the State of
The survey requires data that you may need to locate, look up
or consult colleagues to obtain. We recommend that you look at the
survey and either print or write down the questions for which you do
not have direct access. If you start the survey and then exit, it is
likely that you will NOT be able to pick up where you left off. We
suggest that you plan to complete the survey in a single session.
However, if you do get closed out of the survey for any reason, simply
re-access the survey and be sure to indicate your company name again
at the beginning of the survey, and then continue where you left off.
The survey administrators will be able to match the data together.
Although responses are not anonymous, data will be treated
confidentially. Data will be aggregated across respondents within each
industry cluster (e.g. Arboriculture). Individual responses will not
portrayed in the report.
If you have any questions or comments,
please email me (email@example.com) or
the survey administrators directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Agriculture Economic Impact is $52 billion annually, and agriculture
is the largest industry in the Commonwealth. Forestry adds another
$18 billion annually, with both industries having combined revenue of
$70 billion (2012 survey data).
The Green Industry in
Virginia is comprised of golf courses, sports turf managers, wholesale
producers, landscape retail business, nurseries or providers of
landscape services. Collectively, all of these green industries
employee thousands of workers, purchase products, rent or own
buildings, and provide the State of Virginia with tax revenue.
Based on previously reported totals from the turf and/or green
industries of other southern states (data below), we estimate the
annual economic impact value for Virginia's Green Industry to be $8-10
Billion (or higher!).
The Green Industry is a substantial economic
force that continues to grow, as demonstrated by these annual economic
values from nearby states:
● NC Green Industry (2005) - $8.6
● Tennessee (Turf Only) Impact Survey (2013) - $5.8
● Florida Green Industry (2005) - $15.24 Billion
In Virginia, facing legislative issues, a lack of money to support
industry research and development at Virginia Tech, and a host of
other factors (labor, economic, environment etc.), industry leaders
launched the idea of completing a Green Industry Survey for
Virginia. Utilizing 2005 data when discussing economic importance,
the number of industry employees, and other facts and figures, our
voices were not being heard, and therefore the green industry was
being ignored. BY completing this survey, OUR INDUSTRY can update
statewide data on acreage, plant material, employee counts, expenses
and revenue to further support our industry initiatives.
two years of working on a plan and a strategy, we have finally funded
the cost of the survey and hired an outside party to manage the
development and administration. With support of industry associations,
we have developed on gotten feedback on the survey questions from all
the industry groups. The current associations participating in the
● Virginia Turfgrass Council
Nursery and Landscape Association
● Virginia Golf Course
● Virginia Sod Growers Association
● Virginia Sports Turf Managers Association
Department of Transportation
● Virginia Flower Growers
● Virginia Turfgrass Foundation
● Virginia Professional Grounds
● Mid-Atlantic Association of ISA
● Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
The Virginia Turfgrass Council has been
around since 1960. It was the brain child of Virginia Tech Professors
who saw the need for an association to serve Virginia's Turfgrass
Industry. We never forget our roots, our mission and who we serve.
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