Latest Community Landscape Services News
Oct 3, 2019
Cutting Edge Landscape acquires Community Landscape Services The company has more acquisition plans in the works. More acquisitions are planned to further enhance geographic reach. Community Landscape was founded in 2005 and provides landscape maintenance, design, installation, and snow removal services to the greater Salt Lake City area. CLS will be re-branded and operate under the name Cutting Edge Landscape. “We are looking forward to increasing our presence in the Utah market. As the third fastest-growing state, Utah presents a unique opportunity for us with its proximity to our Idaho operation,” said Bob Wheeler, co-owner of Cutting Edge. Ben Helton, co-owner, commented, “Expansion into Utah is a natural path for us. Mike and his highly skilled team are a great addition to our operation.” Mike Wilson, owner of CLS agreed, “Our team is excited to join Cutting Edge. We look forward to continuing to grow the business while utilizing the additional resources and synergies that this move provides.” ASLA fielded over 900 entries in both age groups to award 36 professionals and 26 students. WASHINGTON – The American Society of LandscapeArchitects has announced the 2019 Professional and Student Awardwinners. Chosen from544 submissions, this year's 36 Professional Award winners represent the best oflandscape architecture in the general design, residential design, analysis and planning, communications and research categories. In addition, a singleLandmark Award is presented each year. A full list ofthis year's Professional Award winners can be found at the ASLA website . Chosen from368 submissions, this year's 26 Student Award winners represent the future of the landscape architecture profession in the general design, residential design, analysis and planning, research, communications, student collaboration and student community service categories. A full list ofthis year's Student Award winners can also be found at the ASLA website . "ASLA'sProfessional and Student Awards programs are the oldest and most prestigious inthe profession. This extraordinary and diverse array of winners represent boththe best of landscape architecture today and the brightest hope for ourfuture," said ASLA President Shawn T. Kelly. "Thisyear’s awards reflect the global nature of landscape architecture anddemonstrate to professionals and the public alike how our profession addressessome of the world’s most pressing problems, including climate change andresilience, livability, and the creation of healthy and equitableenvironments." AllProfessional and Student Award recipients, their clients, and advisors will behonored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture on Monday,November 18, in San Diego. SAN DIEGO – Housecall Pro , a software platform for home service professionals, announced the launch of Housecall Pro’s XL plan, a new offering designed specifically for midsize businesses to equip them with the tools necessary for growth. Housecall Pro’s latest solution addresses the unique needs of home service businesses with 10 to 50 employees through such features as an advanced sales proposal tool, sophisticated reporting and dedicated account management. “We now offer features, support and performance for XL sized companies” said Ian Heidt, co-founder and CEO of Housecall Pro. “Whether you're out in the field everyday, or have a small army of technicians, we are powering home services companies with a digital system to dominate their local market.” The new Housecall Pro XL plan helps sales teams close deals by offering consumers multiple purchase options that meet their needs and budget while business owners gain greater transparency into their company’s performance and expenses. Housecall Pro’s XL plan includes: Sales Proposal Tool: Home service professionals can boost ticket size by showing customers Good/Better/Best pricing. Easy financing options are built directly into the proposal. Pros can also attach visuals, customize plans and display proposals on in-person visits or in follow-up emails -- all through a professional, modern, consistent experience. Consumer Financing Tools: Professionals can now give customers the flexibility to make a big investment or emergency repairs in their home with easy access to honest financing options with no late or hidden fees to their home service clients. Modern Expense Management: Housecall Pro now makes it easy to create custom company expense cards for each of a home service business’ employees. Business owners can set limits on spending as well as the categories of purchases for which they are used. The platform will also provide in-depth expense reporting so that business owners know exactly where their money is going. Advanced Reporting: This module gives business owners a very clear picture of where their business is at any given moment and why so that they can operate more efficiently. Reports also create customized insights based on user feedback. Housecall is also working with Watsco to integrate their ecommerce, financing and sales proposals into the applications. Additional XL plan features will be rolled out in the coming months. The two-day experience will provide more than 250 students from 18 Ohio schools the opportunity to explore careers in the green industry and get face-to-face with industry leaders. The first day includes an opening ceremony and career exploration networking event where students are invited to have conversations with exhibiting businesses. The day concludes with a pizza party at Acres of Fun, a local amusement center. The second day is about competition. Students will compete in teams in a series of 13 hands-on competitions to mimic landscape installation, equipment operation, maintenance, irrigation, cost estimating, sales and other relevant projects. Each student will compete in a maximum of four competitions and awards will be presented for “Top Student in the State” and “Top Team in the State” at the event’s conclusion. “We have been encouraged to see this program grow from year to year,” said Alana Settle, ONLA’s marketing and communications manager. “This is the first year we’ve had multiple schools send two teams of participants. We believe this indicates an increased interest in learning about green industry careers.” Aimed to be the leading workforce development experience of its kind in the U.S., the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics is positioned to attract the next generation to green industry careers and set them up with viable contacts for their first job.