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Partnership In Sustainability 2019-2020

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Why Does GGIA Need Your Support for the Partnership Program?

GGIA’s ability to provide an industry wide voice is critical:

·       Drought has unfortunately reemerged to the forefront for the industry and has the potential to devastate our industry in a time when most are just now seeing improvement from the economic collapse.  This requires a constant line of communication with EPD and others involved to bring our industries needs into consideration when restrictions are considered.  GGIA’s work can be clearly seen in how this latest drought is being handled differently than in 2007 at the state and local level.

·       Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are in a court battle for control of the watershed in one of the most important economic zones for our industry. GGIA recently partnered with GAC and UAC to file an Amicus Brief in support of Georgia’s position on water.  While this was not cheap, the board felt it was imperative to have our industry’s position recognized by the court when considering the case.

·       Labor, Taxes, Environmental Regulations, to name a few, are other areas where our industry needs a voice to protect ourselves.

GGIA, like so many others, has gone through and overcome significant transitional and financial stress over the past few years.  We are working hard to position GGIA as a strong association.

·       An outside bookkeeper has been contracted to ensure accurate and timely financial information, we are now utilizing QuickBooks online for an instant and reliable information source.

·       We have reduced staff from 4, year round full time employees to 2. This has been accomplished by streamlining the functions of the association to only those that will have significant impact to our members and our mission. We have also empowered our staff to do their jobs efficiently and effectively utilizing additional resources only when needed.  Expenses are now measured against their benefit to members. There have been tough choices, like eliminating printed journals, but we continue to carefully weigh what’s best for the association and the industry in the long run.

·       The Board has evaluated revenue sources and made adjustments where we can to ensure that revenue streams are at the appropriate market based level, achievable, and in line with our mission.  Membership Dues were increased, trade show costs remained the same, and other fundraising activities have been streamlined to allow GGIA and its supporters to have a plan for giving.

·       GGIA has $0 Long Term Debt.

GGIA has become a more focused and efficient organization

·       From the bylaws to board procedure, we have made improvements that make the association both leaner and focused. We are building on what works, bringing back what has worked in the past, and energizing our potential not only at board meetings but throughout the year.  One item is to bring back and build on the legislative group that includes not only board members, but those GGIA supporters that have a unique area of expertise in the legislative process to guide GGIA in its policy efforts.

·       Hopefully you have utilized the web site that was upgraded about two years ago to allow for members to create and maintain a searchable profile, account management, and event registration. 

·       We are planning our biggest and most comprehensive trade show yet. Building on the past successes, expanding education, new products, and new vendors.

·       Over the next year you will see a new outreach initiative geared to the public which conveys the many benefits of plants. All industry distribution channels benefit from this message. is a web based program, funded in part by grants, that provides information, inspiration, interaction, and the benefits of investment in the products produced by the industry.


The partnership program is intended to provide members the opportunity to support the work of the association beyond the level of paying dues. The old model of situational fundraising is less than ideal for both the association and its supporters. We hope that all members will make plans to support the work of the association so that we can continue to strive to best serve the diverse needs of the industry.


To Give: Once you have decided to donate please contact us to discuss your options. Contributions can be scheduled to suit your schedule and can be made via credit card, check or periodic invoicing. For contributions greater than $2,500, please contact Chris Butts to discuss strategic options and sponsorships.


Contact Chris Butts                             Contact the GGIA Office

Direct: 706-540-2813                          Direct: 706-632-0100

Email:                        Email:

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