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Membership Benefits

Advocacy

IGIA's diverse membership is represented by one of the state’s leading and most respected lobbying firm - Illinois Strategies, LLC.

  • They reside in Springfield and are in the trenches with the Illinois General Assembly during all session days so they can keep us informed of critical issues that may require action be taken.
  • Molly Rockford, Vice President of Illinois Strategies, has served in this capacity for IGIA for many years and works closely with IGIA staff, the Board of Directors, and the Public Policy Committee to monitor and review all administrative rules and regulations proposed by state agencies. She works with us to respond as appropriate when these initiatives affect our membership. 
  • This work includes monitoring the efforts of state regulators from Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Labor, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

Access to Weekly Legislative Summary from Illinois Strategies

Each week that the House and Senate are in session, our full-time lobbyist, Molly Rockford of Illinois Strategies, LLC, compiles a summary report of each of the bills being introduced or reviewed that could affect our industry or small business owners in Illinois.  IGIA staff and the Board of Directors work closely with Molly to ensure that the best interest of our members is represented on each issue. As a member, you gain access to those reports so that you have insights on what is happening at the Capitol.  ACCESS HERE

Timely Alerts & Industry News  

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Insights and Analysis from AmericanHort

Your generous support of the Green Industry Political Action Committee (GIPAC) fund allow us to be supporting members of AmericanHort and engaged in the Lighthouse Program. This program gives us members-only access to the AmericanHort advocacy staff team, timely and customized grassroots alerts when Congress or federal agencies need to hear from our industry, and most importantly STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Learn More

Members-Only Industry Resources

IGIA strives to provide the updates you need to maintain compliance in the critical areas that affect your business.  Within the Member Resources area, we'll provide updates when regulations or standards may affect the way that you do business on a regular basis.   

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Job Board

Anyone can access the job vacancies on our board, which is featured in a prominent place every two weeks in our Trending Green eblast.  The blast goes out to over 2,000 green industry contacts in Illinois and the surrounding states.  Only members can place their ads.  Cost to place is just $25 per ad and the listing stays up for as long as you have the opening. ACCESS THE JOB BOARD

 

Discounted Event Registration Fees

Members receive up to 25% off registration for IGIA events, tours, seminars and conferences. These are important opportunities to network with industry colleagues, further your professional development, and receive required continuing education credits for certain segments of our industry.

Industry Partnerships

IGIA Staff and the Board of Directors maintain important partnerships with AmericanHort, Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Illinois Arborists Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, Garden Centers of America, Independent Garden Centers of America, National Federation of Independent Business, Nursery & Landscape Association Executives, Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois, with Illinois Colleges and Universities, and many more. These partnerships are critical to ensuring that members interests are not only protected, as part of the overarching green industry umbrella and as business owners, but also to further industry initiatives that are necessary for our future growth.


Plant Something Promotional Materials

Help us promote the environmental, economic and health benefits of installing horticultural trees and plants, especially Illinois-grown specialty crops to the public!  

The Plant Something campaign is being promoted via the Garden Illinois website and social media.  Follow us on Facebook so you can use the Plant Something content to promote your business.

LEARN MORE about free promotional materials we have available to help you carry this message to consumers.

 

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