Thursday, March 15, 2012

A meeting for schools AND PMPs

Past TIPMAPS meetings have included presentations by
Regulatory officials such as then TDA Assistant
Commissioner of Pesticide Programs, Jimmy Bush.
This November will mark the fourth year that Texas school IPM coordinators have gotten together for their annual TIPMAPS (Texas IPM Affiliates for Public Schools) networking and educational conference on integrated pest management for school facilities.  If you want to talk with an enthusiastic group about IPM, this is the place to be.

A handful of PMPs have attended this meeting in the past, but the doors are open to much wider participation. TIPMAPS welcomes pest control contractors to attend and become members, and the meeting could be a great way to make contacts with new school districts as well as building stronger relations with the districts you are already servicing.  In addition, I guarantee that you will gain insight into how school IPM programs operate under the Texas school IPM rules and regulations. Associate membership for pest control professionals, manufacturers and other vendors is $100 per year.  Click here for an application.

The 2012 TIPMAPS meeting will be held November 14-15 in San Marcos, TX at the Embassy Suites.  Vendor booths are two for one this year ($500 for both the Facility Masters and TIPMAPS meetings), and regular registration for the two-day TIPMAPS meeting is $125. The facilities are top-notch, the speakers are engaging, and CEUs are offered; so if your business is involved in servicing Texas school districts, this may be one meeting to get on the calendar early.  Hotel rooms will be limited, so it's recommended to make your reservations early (by Oct 22 to get the group rate) by clicking on this special link, or when calling the hotel directly, by mentioning the group name TASBO/group code TAI (phone 512 805 5340).

To learn more about the conference go to To learn more about TIPMAPS, visit their website at

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