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


 About the Event

Our culture is good at keeping us separate -- involved in our own lives, overwhelmed by technology and media, with little time or inclination to reach out. What might it be like if you made time to gather with peers who share similar goals, interests, and work habits? What if you could spend time getting focused on your plan for the year, thinking about the intentions you want to set that could lead to positive change?

InVigorateU is an annual event that not only provides great speakers and continuing education credits, but also offers a chance to take time away from your crazy schedule to focus on what worked last year and what you might want to do different this year. 

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Day one is devoted to the element that unites all diverse segments of our industry – Plants! We love them and we seek to do better by them. Join your peers and industry experts for sessions devoted to putting more of the right plants in the hands of the public, and ensuring they thrive long after they are planted.

On day two, we break it down and get in the weeds with tracks specific to your professional needs and interests. Follow one track all day, or feel free to pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

Growers will cover a variety of topics, from what you need to know about cannabis in the industry to HR and labor issues. For the Landscape Architects, we've teamed up with ASLA Illinois to create a track for that will meet your continuing education needs while learning about successful native gardens, sustainable practices, and more.

We are also introducing two new tracks that we're very excited for - Marketing will be presented by industry expert Chris Heiler, and give you the tools you need to tackle website challenges, social media, better marketing content, and more. Sales Force is a track for green industry team members that will address some of their toughest customer challenges and build confidence in their role as plant experts. 

On both days, we offer irrigation training, presented by Hunter Industries, to help irrigation contractors satisfy the continuing education requirements required by Section 892 of Illinois Plumbing code.  



Exhibitor Setupschedule
    Monday, January 20 - 3pm - 7pm
    Tuesday, January 21 - 6:30am - 7:30am

    Tuesday, January 21
        8:30am - 5:00pm (Irrigation training begins at 8:00am)
        Social Mixer - 5:15 - 7:30

    Wednesday, January 22
        8:30am - 4:15pm (Irrigation training from 8:00 - 5:00)




Keynote Speakers


How Are We Holding Ourselves Back?
Amanda Thomsen

There are many small ways we hold ourselves back from success each day. In this humorous presentation, Amanda Thomsen will motivate you to snap out of your old ways and get excited about finding new solutions, trialing ideas and setting intentions for a strong 2020.



Plant Marketing Around the Worlddanheims
Dan Heims

Dan has visited 28 countries, taking a keen interest in how plants are promoted, presented, and sold. Check out the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Dan will also discuss his unique perspective on marketing and how participants can better put themselves and their products forward.


Read more about our entire line up of industry experts here.

How Can Your Company Get Involved?

The Illinois Green Industry Association invites you to take advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities: 

  • Premier or Event Level Sponsorship
  • Sponsor an Education Track - Prime visibility with your target segment!
  • Support the Social Mixer through sponsorship
  • Keep attendees caffeinated with a Coffee/Tea Sponsorship
  • Meal Sponsorship
  • Place an ad in the Event Program Book - LEARN MORE


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

IGIA has reserved a block of rooms conveniently located and priced to meet your budget. The $127 discounted rate includes covered parking, free wi-fi, first-class service, and exclusive Marriott amenities. The deadline to reserve your discounted room is December 30, 2019.  When you call, you must reference Illinois Green or InVigorateU.  To reserve online, click the hotel reservation link below:

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2020 Sponsors

Event Sponsors

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Education Sponsors



LA CES Partner


Social Mixer Sponsors


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 Midwest Trading
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Coffee / Tea Sponsors


J Frank Schmidt

 Wilson Nursery

 Lanyard Sponsor


Davey Tree Co



Supporting Sponsors

Goodmark Nurseries - Learn More
Russo Power Equipment - Learn More
National Nursery Products - Learn More
Hinsdale Nurseries - Learn More


Special thanks to our InVigorateU Committee!

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 Designs
Board Liaison: Brian Aaron, National Nursery Products