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IGIA Local Meetup

IGIA is getting out of the office to meet you where you are. Whether you are a long-time member, brand new to the industry, or you work with a partner organization, join us after work for a cool beverage and a snack.

There's really no agenda, but here's some of the stuff we may cover in casual conversation:

  • Get updates on important legislative and advocacy efforts to advance our industry
  • Help us learn how we can better serve the needs of your business
  • Learn about the IGIA's plans for the future
  • Offer your input on upcoming education and networking events

Who Should Attend

You and your team!  These meetups aren't just for owners and managers.  We invite all members of the green industry to connect with us so we can learn how to better represent and serve you.  We can only be viable as an association if we continue to grow, but that requires your support.  If you are a current member, please bring an industry friend that may not know the mission of IGIA.  It can be lonely if you're tackling the challenges of this business on your own.  Connecting with others and problem-solving together will make us all stronger.  Our greatest potential as an organization is in our people.

Agenda

There isn't one!  This is a casual happy hour-style event.  The idea is for everyone to stop in after their work day for light refreshments and easy conversation. We want to talk about what’s been happening in your business, the trends we’re seeing in the industry, etc. We're also inviting local lawmakers to join us because it's important that we get to know them and they understand what's important to us, so that if a critical industry issue arises, we have the relationships needed to rally support. 

Event Schedule

Peoria Area
August 28
4:30 - 6:30pm

Location: 
Obed and Isaac's
321 NE Madison 
Peoria, IL 61603
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Joliet Area
September 19
4:30 - 6:30pm

Location: 
The Fields on Caton Farm
1850 Caton Farm Rd
Crest Hill, IL 60403
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Quincy Area
September 10 
4:30 - 6:30pm  

Location: 
Frese Ornamental Nursery          
3100 N 18th St
Quincy, IL 62305
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Wauconda Area
October 24
4:30 - 6:30pm

 Location:
 Montale Wholesale Nursery
 25865 W Ivanhoe Rd.
 Wauconda IL 60084
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Des Plaines Area
September 12
4:30 - 6:30pm

Location: 
Lurvey Landscape Supply
2550 E. Dempster St
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Aurora Area
November 20
4:30 - 6:30pm

Location: 
The Growing Place
2000 Montgomery Rd
Aurora, IL 60504
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Hosts / Sponsor Opportunities 

We'd like to host these events at member locations in 2019 to bring greater awareness to what each of you do in these local markets. We will invite local legislators to join us so they can get to know our industry and our people.  This is an important part of building stronger local relationships with lawmakers that will help our industry when we need to work with them on a bill that impacts us.  It will be more impactful for a legislator to interact with us on our home turf rather than in a restaurant.  Will you host one of these events?  Contact IGIA at 217.546.4733 or [email protected] to schedule a meetup in your area.