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this is the fundamental problem with IDSA, lack of participation. And frankly the responsibility is yours to generate interest in design related events, if that's important to you. The rest of the local community might provide some support if enough excitement can draw them out.
I'm in the same boat in that all the local designers here are fairly comfortable in their careers and only percieve IDSA participation as a way to hand out business cards and little more.
...you may have to look outside ID for activitiy outside work...
I recommend using LinkedIn to find local connections - build your network around your goals.
Also, you could check to see if groups like DMI, AIGA or AIA have active members in your area...
...and lastly you could check out the arts scene (festivals, gallery displays & functions, etc) and you might find a decent number of like minded folks.