In these penny-pinching times, the federal government can use a helping hand wherever it can find one and the latest assist comes from none other than John Deere.
Yes, the company that makes farm and yard equipment.
The Illinois-based company is donating more than $400,000 of its equipment to help maintain the National Mall, a partnership that will be announced at a press conference Friday.
“John Deere is both honored and proud to play a role in the revitalization of this iconic landscape,” said Denver Caldwell, a manager at John Deere who oversees “turf marketing and marketing support.”
“For more than 175 years, our company has been committed to nurturing, harvesting and beautifying the land. Today, we continue that commitment by providing the equipment to sustainably care for America’s Front Yard.”
Deere is one of several corporations who have joined the Trust for the National Mall’s public-private partnership to improve the downtown area.
“This gift will help protect the park’s investment in new turf, which provides visitors a more vibrant, welcoming and sustainable green space for recreation, civic gatherings and reflection,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall.
Collis Jones, John Deere’s director of congressional affairs, told POLITICO that he expects more public-private partnerships to prop up as the federal government tightens its belt.
“There are needs out there and people can coalesce around those needs, and you will probably see more public-private partnerships with government funding being cut in certain areas.”