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|The Lighthouse Program|
The Lighthouse Program
Informed. Engaged. Effective.
Horticulture & the Government
What does government have to do with the business of horticulture? Just about everything... Like it or not, government at every level directly impacts every single horticulture industry business every day. That impact can be positive; too often, it is negative. At the federal level, decisions by Congress and actions of federal agencies affect everything from employment to taxes to trucks to the environment, from access to capital and credit to the impact of invasive pests and diseases.
We think everyone in horticulture should have a strong voice on Capitol Hill. AmericanHort advocates for
the interests of green industry employers on federal legislation and regulation, day in and day out. In fact,
AmericanHort has a dedicated team of full-time professional staff and expert advisors located in Washington,
D.C., where the decisions are shaped. We work hard to sustain a reputation for integrity and credibility, and to
build important relationships.
Still, politics are local too, and the voices of voters and constituents matter a lot. The Lighthouse Program green industry grassroots partnership is designed to strengthen the industry's voice and influence, and to raise awareness of critical and emerging industry issues.
Strength in Numbers
A single letter, email, or tweet won't get a lawmaker's attention. But dozens of messages on a single issue can make a difference. And hundreds - or better yet, thousands - are even more likely to. With 40 state association partners as well as the National Christmas Tree Association, we're now nearly 15,000 business voices strong. That means thousands of businesses that can be activated to quickly respond to threats or opportunities. For business owners and managers, our goal is to make it easier to stay informed, get engaged, and be effective.
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