GREEN INDUSTRY SURVEY
Virginia’s Agriculture Economic Impact is $52
billion annually, and agriculture is the largest industry in the
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!).
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.
After 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.
Please select your area and complete the survey:
Two Career Days are being
planned for high school students. The days are titled Careers in
the Green Industry and Environmental Sciences. Please help us
distribute these flyers to public and private schools and to home
in Virginia Beach as part of Come to the Bay
in Front Royal as part of VCE's Horticulture Dayz
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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