Message from the 2017-18 CIA President

In August, the CIA Board met at Sandhills Community College for our late summer meeting. We had a productive meeting and the Board was pleased to have several guests from the membership attend. A major focal point of the meeting was the CIA's education and event platforms which include Waterpalooza, Last Chance Education and the Irrigation Technician Training Program (ITTP). Our board meetings are open, if you would like to attend one, please let us know!

Industry education and professional development are vital components of the CIA. Our goal is to offer quality educational offerings that improve your business, enhance your team's abilities and raise the overall quality of service we provide to our clients. Our focus is not exclusive to current contractor CEU offerings. We also realize there is a need to train individuals new to our occupational trade.

Many of you are experiencing a lack of qualified help in your businesses and are looking outward beyond our industry for candidates. The CIA Irrigation Technician Training Program (ITTP) was created to provide hands-on training for the irrigation technicians and irrigation contractors of the future. 2018 was the launch of the program and in 2019 the CIA plans to build upon the success we had and make incremental improvements to the program to enhance the experience for attendees.

Mark your calendars for Waterpalooza on October 25th at McKimmon Center! The CIA's capstone event includes a full day of education, a trade show and networking. Note that Waterpalooza has a new venue this year: we have moved a couple miles down the road to The McKimmon Center at NC State. The new venue provides larger classrooms, an indoor exhibitor area and increased parking!

Do not forget Waterpalooza is also the location of your annual CIA Membership Meeting. This is YOUR Association so come and be a part of it! The Board will be presenting a new slate of officers to the membership, providing updates on current CIA activities and discussing future CIA happenings. We encourage your participation.

On behalf of the Board, I say "Thank You" to all our CIA members. Your support and dedication keep us going. Joining the association represents your commitment to the industry and your profession and we certainly appreciate it.

I would also ask each of you to make a deliberate effort to bring one of your fellow contractors or associates on board. We need more members to strengthen our industry voice and to continue to provide quality events and education. Invite someone to Waterpalooza, share your positive experiences with the CIA and encourage your fellow professionals to be a part of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. There is strength in numbers and as a unified voice for irrigation in the Carolinas, we can help ensure our industry remains vibrant, both now and in the future.

In closing, the North Carolina and South Carolina irrigation communities are still reeling from the damages of Hurricane Florence. Our thoughts are with our members who are working to pick up the pieces and be a resource for their communities.

See everyone in Raleigh on October 25th!

Kolb Signature
Erich Kolb
President, Carolinas Irrigation Association


Waterpalooza is October 25th at McKimmon Center in Raleigh

Make plans to join us for Waterpalooza 2018, to be held October 25th at our new location: McKimmon Center in Raleigh. This year's event will feature up to 8.5 NCICLB CEUs and 7 NCLCLB CEUs, trade show and networking with landscape and irrigation industry peers. Registration is open so visit the Waterpalooza page for complete details and sign up to join us today!


2018 Irrigation E3 program

Don't miss your chance to apply for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program!

Irrigation Foundation LogoThis program provides students and educators with a unique opportunity to gain exposure, experience and education in the irrigation industry at the annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference.

Each winner will receive an education and travel grant to the 2018 Irrigation Show in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7. At the Irrigation Show, winners are given the opportunity to take education classes, participate in industry sessions, attend networking events and walk the trade show floor.

Visit the Foundation’s website to view the program requirements and application process for students and instructors.