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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. If the timing of the event allows for it, we may invite 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.

Upcoming Events 

October 8, 2020
Bergman Nurseries - ABOUT BERGMAN
3715 N 12th St
Quincy, IL
5:00PM - 7:00PM
There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you RSVP at the link below:

 

October 20, 2020
Envisioning Green - ABOUT ENVISIONING GREEN
8550 Forest Blvd
Caseyville IL, 62232
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Special Feature Presentation: Hilliary Metzger and Keith Dintelmann, Home Nursery and Roger Purcell, Roger Purcell Hort Sales LLC will address one of this season's biggest challenges - plant shortages!  Increased customer demand has been amazing, but it has led to some major headaches and strained relationships between suppliers and clients.  Join us to hear about how to plan for next season, ways to handle client demand next spring, and replacement strategies for the most popular plants. 

Space is limited to 50 people to stay in compliance with COVID-19 public health guidelines.  Therefore, we do ask that you RSVP at the link below:

Sponsored by:

Hortica Home Nursery logo 

 

 

Past Events

October 2019
Montale Wholesale Nursery
Wauconda, IL

September 2019
The Fields on Caton Farm
Crest Hill, IL

Fields Meetup

Lurvey Landscape Supply
Des Plaines, IL

Lurvey Meetup

Frese Ornamental Nursery
Quincy, IL

Quincy Meetup

August 2019
Obed and Isaac's
Peoria, IL

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.