North Carolina Green Industry council to host first technology conference


Registration is open for the first-ever Technology Symposium hosted by the North Carolina Green Industry Council (GIC).

The event is a continuation of the GIC Water Symposium, which was developed in 2010 in response to drought conditions in North Carolina in 2006 and 2007. Subsequent conferences continued to explore shared water responsibilities within the green industry. The 2020 event was canceled because of limitations on in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shift to technology comes as the green industry experienced an uptick in business because of last year’s increased consumer interest in their services. The technology theme expands the focus of the conference to offer solutions to keep green industry businesses innovative, productive, and profitable. The new focus also offers a wider range of topics that can be addressed at future events.

“The GIC is excited to return this year with a conference focusing on technology in the green industry,” said Matt Hunter, GIC President. “Our speakers will introduce solutions to help industry professionals operate more efficiently and maintain productivity after a record-breaking year of business.”

Held Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the McKimmon Center on North Carolina State University’s campus, the event will feature experts from across the industry, including:

  • Eric Blevins, Evolve Landscaping
    Using drones to enhance your business
  • Matt Campbell, Harvest RFID
    RFID technology: inventory management solutions for the green industry
  • Kelly Dowell, Keldo Digital
    Digital tools to dominate your day
  • Dr. Dwane Jones, University of the District of Columbia
    Advancing green infrastructure: adaptive technologies in SWM
  • Dr. Richard Linton, North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Update on the NCSU college of agriculture and life sciences
  • Donn Mann, Rain Bird
    Smart irrigation/controllers: a system approach to efficient water use
  • Michael Mayberry, Level Green Landscaping
    Emerging technologies in the green industry
  • Dr. Deanna Osmond, North Carolina State University
    Soil health: what the data says about North Carolina

The Technology Symposium is the first in-person event hosted by GIC since early 2020 and expects to exceed capacity. Early registration is recommended. Continuing education credits towards professional licensure will be available. 

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