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!
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
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
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