Deere Gift to National Mall

September  27, 2013

     John Deere will soon have a very visible presence in our nation's capital. Today the Trust for the National Mall announced the company will donate 400,000 dollars worth of grounds care equipment to maintain the mall, which extends from the Capitol to the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, and includes several war memorials.

     Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust, says a  multi-year restoration project is underway for the more than 700-acre mall - each year it hosts 3,000 events and 25 million visitors.

     "As you know, what's going on in Washington right now and with the federal budget cuts across the board, the National Mall has really seen a reduction in the revenue it has to take care of this iconic space. So partnerships like with John Deere, and the Coca Cola Company that we work with to put recycling on the National Mall - these partnserships are essential."

     When approached by the Trust, Cunningham says Deere was eager to help.

     "I think the American icon of the John Deere Company taking care of America's front yard is really exactly what we were looking for in a partner."

     She says the mall hosts more visitors each year than the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite parks combined.

     The Trust for the National Mall is trying to raise a total of 350 million dollars - to restore the mall and add amenities.