Toro Renews Commitment With NRPA’s Business Council

Toro announces that it will proudly be renewing its commitment to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Business Council — a collaboration that will continue to strengthen the connections between the essential role of parks and recreation and the business sector.

Local park and recreation agencies generate economic value for communities. Across the country, parks and recreation generated almost $218 billion in economic activity and supported 1.3 million jobs from their operations and capital spending in 2019 alone.

“Toro is excited to continue its commitment to investing in park and recreation agencies, jobs, services and programs and the vibrant communities they support,” said Edric Funk, Group Vice President of Golf, Grounds & Irrigation at The Toro Company. “We’re excited to work closely with the Business Council in the year ahead — exploring, sharing and deploying powerful solutions that benefit both businesses and parks and recreation.”

The NRPA Business Council brings together the business sector and park and recreation professionals to solve common challenges together, fuel innovation, foster activism and advocacy, and promote research to enhance the quality of life for all. The Business Council serves as a strategic advisory group, giving the business community a voice and bridging the gap between the private and public sectors to build healthy communities through the power of parks and recreation.

“In its inaugural year, NRPA welcomed 11 members to the Business Council and identified goals and objectives in four priority areas to inform our efforts,” said Paula Sliefert, NRPA Business Council chair and senior manager, sports fields and grounds, The Toro Company. “The council also spearheaded a survey of 750 companies to identify perspectives and challenges facing businesses working in the parks and recreation sector. We look forward to a productive year ahead, building on the momentum and accomplishments we have made so far together and welcome our newest members to the Council.”

The NRPA Business Council, established in 2022, comprises strategic thinkers and collaborative decision-makers, representing businesses and allies who care deeply about parks and recreation. Business Council members also represent organizations that have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and support the advancement of DEI in park and recreation programs, policies and practices.

Business Council members can access branding opportunities, as well as powerful thought leadership and engagement opportunities. The members of the NRPA Business Council include:

  • BerryDunn
  • BCI Burke
  • Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects*
  • EPIC Outdoor Cinema
  • Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, Inc.
  • Musco Lighting
  • PlayCore
  • PlayPower, Inc.
  • Public Restroom Company
  • The Toro Company
  • USA BMX*
  • WT Group*

*New member for 2023 term