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    EVENT CANCELLED - GAA Happy Hour & Education: Utility & Commercial Arboriculture - Working Together

    • March 31, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Blackbird Farm: 3918 GA-355, Buena Vista GA 31803
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    • If you are not a member and decide to become a member at this event - your ticket cost will be applied to your membership total! Join us!
    • 2 Sponsorship limit - each sponsorship will receive a registration to attend and be able to set up a table with promotional material. Each sponsor will have a timeslot to introduce themselves to the attendees and will receive recognition on all event emails/event introduction.


    Quarterly Education & Happy Hour

    The High Voltage Safety Act: Utility & Commercial Arboriculture - Working Together

    Utilities, tree companies, and arborists must coexist and work together, so let’s make those interactions positive and successful! At this event, attendees will learn about the High Voltage Safety Act and how it impacts private and commercial tree work. We will also touch on incidental line clearance certification and the 811 Process for requesting scheduled power outages.

    About our speaker:

    Jessi Pollard - Georgia Power

    Jessi Pollard is a graduate of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at UGA and has worked with Georgia Power’s Forestry and Right-of-Way Services since 2018. In her role at Georgia Power, Jessi oversees all vegetation maintenance along the distribution lines in eastern metro Atlanta. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Utility Specialist, TRAQ, Georgia Licensed Pesticide Applicator, and Georgia State Registered Forester. Outside of work, she and her husband enjoy running their small cattle farm in West Georgia

    Join us for Happy Hour/CEUs/Nibbles!

    Event Date:

    Friday, March 31st

    5:30 PM-7:30 PM

    (Happy Hour 5:30 pm-6:30 pm)

    (Speaker 6:30 pm-7:30 pm)

    Registration Deadline - 

    Tuesday, March 28th

    Location: Blackbird Farm

    Buena Vista, GA

    (Marion County)

    About the farm/location:

    Check out Blackbird Farm here.  They have an aquaponics green house, goats, chickens...just a beautiful property!  The owners welcome you if you want to come early for a tour.

    A bit about this event

    As most remember, during COVID the GAA transitioned to all virtual classes. We all adapted to this new format out of necessity but many learned virtual format programs were more convenient and time saving. Therefore in 2022 when we brought back in-person bi-monthly trainings, we found that our audience still preferred learning from home for these 1-hour events. We decided to keep the bi-monthly trainings all virtual - this allowed us to continue to reach all parts of Georgia and way far beyond that. However, the need to network throughout different parts of Georgia is still highly requested by membership. Therefore, the quarterly Educational Happy Hour was born!

    The goal of this event is to hold 1x per quarter in a different area of Georgia to increase industry engagement, membership and encourage professional connections through networking across the state. Locations are chosen based on demand/requests from membership. If you would like the event in your area, please request so here.

    We will be holding these events on Fridays in the hope that families can plan a weekend get-away in the area and bring more than just locals to the networking events. Let's all get together and make new connections! We have included below some information about the area - places to stay, local events, etc!

    Stay the weekend! 

    Explore the area, and nearby Columbus GA!

    Places to stay:

    The Town House Restaurant & Inn

    Camp David RV Resort

    Hampton Inn: Fort Benning


    A&R BBQ

    Annie D's Country Cuisine

    Hiking & Activities:

    Hiking at Columbus Riverwalk

    Columbus Botanical Gardens

    Market Days on Broadway April 1

    Annual Uptown Columbus Strut the Hooch Parade April 1

    Spring Food Truck Festival April 1

    Beekeeper Workshop at Oxbow Meadows April 1

    Georgia Arborist Association

    Phone:  (404) 913-1422
    Address:  GAA ~ P.O. Box 2516, Decatur GA 30031

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