Goals and Objectives


The Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) is proud to be a leader in Illinois’ nursery and landscape industry. Founded in 1925, and formerly known as the Illinois Nurserymen’s Association, the IGIA is one of the oldest agricultural organizations in the state. We work on behalf of our members to promote and protect greenhouse and nursery growers, landscape professionals, retail garden centers, irrigation contractors, and other green industry partners. Our mission is to help strengthen the position of our member businesses by offering industry certification, distinctive opportunities for education and networking, legislative and regulatory representation, and other member services.


  1. Increase member involvement in IGIA leadership, as well as program development and implementation.
  2. Improve and expand member services that enhance the value of belonging.
  3. Enhance overall image with an emphasis on increasing public awareness of both our industry and our member companies.
  4. Broaden membership and representation to invite and include the entire green industry in Illinois.
  5. Strengthen working relationships with industry partners.

Guiding Principles

While planning the future of their organization, the IGIA board focused on several core principles. They placed a great deal of importance on professionalism and providing cutting edge communications, programs and services for IGIA members. It is extremely important – in their view – for the organization to move forward, to expand participation and broaden representation while maintaining the long-standing ideals and traditions earned and established over the 80-year-plus history of the organization.

As they move into the next few years of IGIA leadership, these selected representatives are placing a high priority on both inclusion and diversity, making every effort to invite and include more members of Illinois’ thriving Green Industry both in the leadership of the organization and in development of programs. They will continue to be vigilant in their commitment to protect our natural resources ensuring it remains a top priority in their plans, activities and programs; and also as they search for new and exciting opportunities to serve as the bridge between the general public, the industry and those who are concerned about the future of our resources.

The IGIA board feels a strong sense of responsibility to their membership and, in turn, IGIA members are aware that – on a daily basis – they are responsible to their customers, their communities and our natural resources.