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Providing Our Members with the Tools to Better

 

Their Business and the Industry

 

GGIA’s membership reflects the rich diversity of the industry in Georgia. Horticulture is a leading segment of agriculture which remains the major economic engine of the state. And with members from all areas of the industry in all corners of the state, you can rest assured that we are looking out for your interests and have right the connections to keep a finger on the pulse of the issues that can impact your business. Our strength as an organization is derived from that unity. And that unity makes finding a colleague, a customer or a supplier that much easier among your fellow members.   

Networking- GGIA’s diversity also increases your chances for networking with a greater range of people who may be in the same segment of the industry as you. Interacting with peers who share similar challenges and opportunities is a proven way to learn more about your business. At the same time, our size and diversity mean meeting potential new customers or suppliers at any of the GGIA events held throughout the year is an almost certainty.

Legislative Relations- Our Executive Director, Chris Butts, first served with GGIA for 8 years as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs. During that time, he played a key role on important issues like water regulations, immigration and taxes. That experience and the lasting relationships with legislators means that our members can count on GGIA being there when decisions are made in Atlanta that effect the industry.

Keeping You Informed- Our members receive timely updates on industry news, regulatory and compliance issues, and legislative action. Our E-news format, delivered directly to your computer or smart phone, means you receive information critical to your business on a real time basis. Our legislative alerts allow you to quickly and conveniently communicate with your elected officials with just a few simple clicks. Empowering you to be heard and coordinating state wide responses leverages the influence of the industry and insures that decision makers are aware of the consequences legislation may have on the Green Industry businesses and constituents in their district.

A United Voice- The misinformation surrounding events like the droughts of the early 2000’s and issues like immigration highlight the need for the industry to speak with one voice. As a member of an organizations representing all of the interests of the industry, we stand together and leverage our influence when we speak as one.

The GGIA Board of Director’s- With six divisions (wholesale, retail, landscape, floriculture, irrigation and allied products) your segment of the industry receives equal representation and has a voice within GGIA. The board and committees also offer a wide range of opportunities for you to be involved and help shape the future of your industry. The all-volunteer Board of Directors works closely with staff to set goals and initiatives that improve the industry. From determining policy positions to developing plans for GGIA events, the GGIA board is working for you.

The Power of Partnerships- Strategic relationships with other agriculture interest groups, UGA’s College of Agriculture, The Technical College System of GA and our neighboring Green Industry associations bring resources and shared strength to our members. AmericanHort’s Lighthouse Program gives our members experienced representation in Washington DC and exclusive resources to help you keep up with changes and issues at the national level.

Education and Certification- GGIA works closely with UGA Cooperative Extension, The Center for Urban Ag and Georgia’s Technical Colleges to give green industry professionals access to the latest and pertinent information on issues and training in your area of focus. Certification programs help members set their businesses apart from the competition by demonstrating advanced professionalism and a commitment to learning. We also work closely with Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture in Forestry, 4H, FFA and Junior Certification programs helping to inspire and educate tomorrow’s green industry leaders.

The Wintergreen Conference and Tradeshow- The annual event for the Green Industry, by the Green Industry. The tradeshow features exhibitors from across the country and from all segments of horticulture, landscaping and irrigation. If you are looking to buy or sell green goods, hard goods, supplies or products associated with the trade in Georgia, Wintergreen should be part of your plans. GGIA Members enjoy exclusive pricing on booth spaces that make membership a net gain. The education tracts at Wintergreen likewise offer something for everyone, no matter your focus in the industry. From learning to better manage your business, to brushing up on rules and regulations, we aim to provide attendees with real-world knowledge that you can take back to your business and improve your operations.

The Academy of Crop Production- A joint effort of GGIA and UGA Cooperative Extension. It’s the place you go to learn to grow. Look for more information coming soon on this education event offering advanced content, tours and professional development for growers of floriculture and nursery crops. Stay tuned for more information.

 

GGIA Membership Information

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
GGIA Membership Application 2018-2019 (updated.pdf PDF (116.71 KB) Administration 7/9/2018
Student Membership Application Only PDF (2.08 MB) Administration 5/4/2018
GGIA Membership Flyer with WG 2019 Show Dates.pdf PDF (1.05 MB) Administration 7/9/2018
GGIA Membership FAQ's 2018-2019 PDF (1.53 MB) Administration 2/16/2018
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