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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


Membership Directory

One of the benefits of belonging is connecting with other members and building relationships that will not only benefit you from a business perspective but also you progress in your career. As a member, you gain access to login to our membership directory, so that you can find other IGIA members. Additionally, we strive to promote IGIA member businesses to our green industry partners and to the buying public.  We do that through the membership directory on the home page of IllinoisGreen.net and our consumer-facing website GardenIllinois.com

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 allows 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.   

Member Resources

 

 

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.  Both member and non-member companies can place ads on the board, but member companies receive a discounted rate and are featured on Google Jobs for increased exposure.  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.

Discounted Products & Services From our Trusted Partners

Hortica Insurance

  

Cornerstone Processing

 

IGIA Trunk Liners

 

Industry Partnerships

IGIA Staff and the Board of Directors maintain important partnerships with the following organizations:

AmericanHort IL Dept of Ag ILASLA
Chicago RTI OGA College of DuPage
 Chicago Botanic Garden  Hort Research Institute  IL Dept of Health
 ILCA  Morton Arboretum  Garden Centers of America
 Illinois Arborist Association  St Louis Nursery and Landscape Assoc  NALP logo
 
Kankakee Community College
Agri-Hort Program
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 Joliet Junior College

Horticulture Program
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Illinois Central College

Horticulture Landscape Management
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 Irrigation Association  NFIB  IL Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Department of 
Natural Resources
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Kishwaukee Community College
Horticulture Program
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Leadership Council
for Ag Education
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U of I Extension Greenhouse Grower  

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.