CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The International Society of Arboriculture has announced it is moving its headquarters from Champaign, Illinois, to Atlanta.

The organization that certifies arborists announced Wednesday it chose to move to Georgia's capital next year in part because of its more convenient travel options.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports the ISA, which has 23,000 members worldwide, has been based near the University of Illinois nearly 50 years. It's unclear what's next for the 45 employees based in Champaign.

Spokeswoman Sonia Garth says the organization considered 12 cities for its next home, ultimately choosing Atlanta because it allows for more member services, better travel opportunities and better alignment with partners.

Garth says the organization, founded in 1924, promotes the arboriculture industry, promotes safety and sets requirements for professionals taking care of trees.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com