January 14-15, 2019

InVigorateU is an annual education event geared toward those looking not only for continuing education credits, but also for practical and productive learning in an efficient yet robust “let’s get to work” environment. 

On day one, we bring together in one room, the architects & designers, growers & nurseries, greenhouses, arborists, garden centers & retailers, business owners & managers, educators & students, governmental entities and other industry organizations to focus on the centerpiece around which
our entire industry revolves – plants, plants and more plants!  VIEW SCHEDULE

InVig Brochure Cover

Cultivate new business relationships that cross traditional industry segments and to network with colleagues, customers and competitors.  

This year we are excited to offer new irrigation training, presented by Hunter Industries, to help irrigation contractors satisfy the continuing education requirements required by Section 892 of Illinois Plumbing code.  LEARN MORE

On day two, each segment breaks out into their respective educational tracks to dig deeper into the details that are specific to their professional discipline and industry interest.  Together, the two days of vigorous education serve to inspire and motivate our participants so they leave eager to embrace the new season! VIEW SCHEDULE

Continuing Education Credits

This is a great way for landscape architects, arborists, irrigation contractors, Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals, and NALP certified professionals to get a good portion of their CEUs taken care of! 

Illinois Certified
Nursery Professional   
(ICN Pro)
NALP Landscape
Industry Certified
Attending one
4-hour course
fulfills the 
mandatory annual
requirement mandated
by Illinois Plumbing
License Law.

If your business
still needs the initial
16-hour course to 
get certified, IDPH
has approved taking
all four courses
combined to serve
as your mandatory
initial 16-hour course.
ICN Pro logo  NALP Certified Arborist logo 

January 14 
Earn 7 credits
4 are HSW
3 are non-HSW

 January 14
1 CEU for attending
the full day


January 14
Plants Day sessions
= 6 CEUs
Hardscape sessions
= 6 CEUs
Irrigation courses
= 8 CEUs
January 14
Plants Day sessions
=3.75 CEUs

January 15
Earn 6 CEUs
All are HSW
January 15
1 CEU for attending 
the full day
January 15
Growers sessions
= 6 CEUs
Business sessions
= 6 CEUs
Landscape sessions
= 6 CEUs
Irrigation courses
= 8 CEUs
January 15
Growers sessions 
=1.5 CEUs
Landscape sessions
=1.5 CEUs



Early bird registration deadline is January 4, 2019. Registrations received after January 4 at 5pm will be processed with a $25 rate increase.

  • Full-day registration includes lunch and the IGIA Social Mixer.
  • Irrigation registration does not include meals or the social mixer, except for those taking the 16-hour course. The two-day registration includes lunch both days and the social mixer.
  • If you are a planning to attend education sessions and a four-hour irrigation course, you must register for a full day under “All Other Green Industry Professionals” and indicate your desired irrigation course.
  • If registering 3 or more, contact IGIA (217.546.4733) for the discount code BEFORE you complete the online registration process.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel before 12/21, your registration will be refunded in full. After 12/21, although not refundable, registration can be transferred to a coworker.

Event Location

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Center of the ISU Campus
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761
Ph. 309-862-9000

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Discounted Room Rate: $121 per night
If you call the hotel to make your reservation, you must tell them you are with Illinois Green Industry Association to get the rate. Your room rate includes parking in the attached hotel parking garage with convenient covered walkway. Be sure to park in the Marriott garage and take a parking ticket.  You will receive instructions on how to enter and exit the lot when you check into the hotel.

**Thank You 2019 Sponsors**

Event Sponsors

Compeer logo   Hortica logo  


Education Sponsors



LA CES Partner


Social Mixer Sponsors


unilock logo

 Davey Tree logo
Midwest Trading  Home Nursery

Meal Sponsors



FX logo

Wilson Nurseries logo

Hoffie Nursery

 Mariani Plants
Kankakee Nursery  

Presentation Sponsor


National Nursery Products


Coffee / Tea Sponsors


J Frank Schmidt

 Lurvey logo

 Lanyard Sponsor


Davey Tree Co



Supporting Sponsors

Arthur Weiler Inc. - Learn More
Dayton Bag & Burlap - Learn More
Goodmark Nurseries - Learn More
Hinsdale Nurseries Inc. - Learn More
Ornamental Growers Association - Learn More
Rainbird - Learn More
Russo Power Equipment - Learn More
SiteOne Landscape Supply - Learn More
Spring Grove Nursery - Learn More
Xylem Ltd - Learn More



How Can Your Company Get Involved? 

The Illinois Green Industry Association invites you to take advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at our premier education event in 2019! 

  • Support the IGIA Social Mixer through sponsorship
  • Keep Attendees Caffeinated with a Coffee/Tea Sponsorship
  • Sponsor an Education Track - Prime visibility with your target segment!
    • Still Available: Growers, Business Owners & Managers, Landscape Architects & Designers
  • Place an Ad in the Event Program Book - LEARN MORE
  • Reserve a 10x10 Exhibit Space
    • Exhibitor space sold out the last three years!
    • First priority will be given to last years’ exhibitors. 

InVigorateU Committee Members
A special thank you to those who bring this event to life!

Kim Hartmann, Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery, & Garden Center 
Eric Simmons, Hunter Industries
Pete Worth, Kankakee Nursery
Mike Mennenoh, Mariani Plants
Meagan Provencher, Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
Committee Chair:
Mark McWilliams, CopperTree Outdoor Lifestyles