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UAC NEWS Dear UAC Members and Supporters,


By the time this issue of UAC Magazine arrives in your mailbox (or email box), it will be time to cast our votes for President and other leaders. Te right to vote is one of the most im- portant rights that we, as citizens of the United States, enjoy. Did you know that when the Con- stitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 % of the nation’s popula- tion) could vote? Over the past two centuries, though, the term “government by the people” has become a reality. During the early 1800s, states gradually dropped property requirements for voting, and aſter the Civil War, groups that had been excluded previously gained the right to vote. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right vote to by the 19th Amend- ment. Other reforms throughout the years have made the process fairer and easier.


Whether President Obama is reelected or Mitt Romney becomes our 45th President, most econ- omists foresee only tepid growth for the coming year, with unemployment back above 8 percent for the first half of 2013. Te good news: Te housing market is recovering faster than expect- ed and the economy likely won’t fall off a “fiscal cliff.” Based on their third-quarter survey, the National Association for Business Economists predicts growth will be weak overall but should slowly accelerate through 2013. Te economists surveyed now see gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced in the United States — rising just 1.9 percent in 2012 before reaching a 3 percent pace by the fourth quarter of next year. However, they have revised upward their previous esti- mate for single-family housing starts and now expect them to increase 23 percent to 750,000


Teddy Russell President


units in 2012. Continued improvement is seen in 2013 with a 13 percent rise to 850,000 units. Tis is good news for the industry.


We’ve scheduled a “Post-Election Economic Up- date” for our November 15 UAC dinner meeting. Nationally renowned economist Roger Tutterow, Mercer University, will give us an up-to-the-min- ute presentation of his predictions and thoughts about the Presidential election’s outcome and its effect on the economy and business. Read more on page 10 and register today at www.urbanag- council.com/events.


We hope that you’ve received the 2012 EDGE Expo registration brochure, and have already registered for the outstanding educational ses- sions that we’ve put together for you. With two days of education, hundreds of CEUs and a variety of topics and areas of interest, there is something for everyone at the Expo (including onsite pesticide applicator training AND exam –the only place/time that you can take advantage of both training and exam). Te EDGE Expo tradeshow will be one day only – Wednesday, December 5 and lunch will be provided by Huckleberry’s BBQ (included in registration fee). Tradeshow floor hours will be expanded to include a two-hour Business Owner VIP recep- tion, sponsored by John Deere Landscapes, and Wednesday’s events will conclude with the 2012 UAC Landscape Awards Banquet, where all of our award winners will be recognized. Note to attendees: Save money by signing-up before the November 9 early-bird deadline! Read more about the Expo and banquet on pages 11-12.


Mary Kay Woodworth Executive Director


Have a wonderful Tanksiving!


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UAC MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012


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