Legislative News
ABI Members Nominated by Gov. Reynolds to STEM Advisory Board
Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced appointments to several boards and commissions. Most of the positions being filled are unpaid and are not subject to Senate confirmation. Several ABI members were nominated to serve on boards and commissions.  ABI Immediate Past Chair Dave Zrostlik (Stellar Industries, Garner) was named to the North Central Regional STEM Advisory Board. ABI Economic Growth Committee Member Creighton Cox (Olsson Associates, West Des Moines) was named to the South Central Regional STEM Advisory Board. Keep reading .
 
Job and Injury Benefits Increase
Iowa Workforce Development announced maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 1, 2018, due to an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $45,877.31 in 2017, up from $44,722.93 the previous year.  The new benefit payment schedules apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 1, 2018, and to workers injured on or after July 1, 2018.  Keep reading .
 
U.S. Small Business Administration to Visit Iowa in Less Than Two Weeks
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy will hold three roundtable events across Iowa in the next few weeks. The SBA invites leaders of small businesses to have a conversation with the administration about the role of federal regulations and how those regulations affect small businesses. President Trump has made regulatory reform a centerpiece of his administration, and these roundtable events are an excellent opportunity for you to provide feedback on what they can do to help ease the burden you face as a business owner. The SBA will be in Council Bluffs ( July 17 ), West Des Moines ( July 18 ) and Dubuque ( July 19 ). Click on the links for information and to register.
 
U.S. Chamber Honoring Sen. Grassley with Spirit of Enterprise Award Tomorrow
Join ABI and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tomorrow afternoon in Iowa City as Sen. Chuck Grassley receives the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his support of pro-growth legislation during the first session of the 115th Congress. The chamber distributes this award to those in Congress who support its position on specific legislation at least 70% of the time. Congressman David Young will also receive this award this afternoon at ABI. There is still time to RSVP for the event in Iowa City tomorrow. Please contact Brad Hartkopf at bhartkopf@iowaabi.org or 515-235-0576 if you would like to attend. Congratulations and thank you to Sen. Grassley and Congressman Young for your support of the business community.
 
Support IIPAC Before July 14 Deadline
Be sure to show your support for IIPAC by making a $100 investment before the next reporting deadline of July 14. IIPAC is the vehicle that allows ABI to support pro-business legislators and candidates running for the Statehouse. ABI has seen tremendous results over the last two years, and we need your help to keep that momentum going. Opponents of business are fired up, organizing and raising money, which means it's all the more important you invest in the PAC. ABI would like to thank those who have already contributed. Click here to make your investment today.
 
Register for ABI Public Policy Meetings
It's hard to believe, but ABI's public policy meetings are just over a month away. ABI has five grassroots-driven public policy committees ( Employment & Workforce , Workplace & Product Safety , Economic Growth , Environment and Tax ) where members bring ideas to the table concerning what the public policy team should be advocating for during the legislative session. Last year we had record participation from member companies and individuals, and we hope to grow those numbers even more this year. You can register for one or more of those meetings by clicking on the respective links above. If you have questions about any of the committees, please reach out to Nicole Crain .
 
Robinson Seeks Democratic Nomination in Senate District 49
Patti Robinson of Clinton announced on Tuesday that she is pursuing the Democratic nomination for Senate District 49. She is running for the nomination following Fred Hubbell's selection of Sen. Rita Hart (D-Wheatland) to serve as his Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. The district is composed of all of Clinton County and parts of northern Scott County. Democrats will hold a special nominating convention next week, and Robinson is currently the only Democrat who has declared. She will face Republican Chris Cournoyer of Le Claire, who is president of the Pleasant Valley School District. This is expected to be a hotly contested race, as this is seen as a toss-up district. Read more from the Quad City Times .
 
Federal Spotlight: U.S. Chamber Ramps Up Opposition to Tariffs
As President Trump continues to put tariffs on many of our allies and top trading partners, and the threat of retaliation is coming to fruition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is beefing up its objection to those levies. It is providing resources and educating the public on the cost of what those taxes mean for states, businesses and consumers alike.  It has launched The Wrong Approach , which provides state-level facts sheets that detail the total value of exports subject to tariffs, as well as the largest export items by destination. There is also information that allows you to contact your member of Congress to let them know you oppose the tariffs the Trump administration has been issuing. Click here to see what this means for Iowa.
Executive Open 
Iowa's Premier Executive Golf Event is August 27
Spend a casual day networking with 144 of Iowa's foremost business leaders at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club.  Find your foursome or register as a single golfer to be placed in a foursome. Register now.
From the Desk of...
July is Important to ABI

Mike Ralston
President
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Last Sunday, ABI began a new fiscal year. As I note every year, the date is much more than a simple accounting mark.

July is important to ABI, because it provides the opportunity to take stock of the year past and prepare for success in the year ahead. First, did we meet the charge from the ABI Board of Directors to be fiscally responsible? Did we meet our financial goals during the past year, and are we well established for the year ahead? Second, and just as important, did we meet our programming goals? Is ABI serving members and providing resources that help improve member companies' bottom line? Keep reading.
Top News
Manpower Releases Results of Annual Talent Shortage Survey
More employers than ever are struggling to fill open jobs--45% globally say they can't find the skills they need, up from 40% in 2017 and the highest in over a decade.  Download the report to learn what's driving this skills gap and where the problem is most acute. Plus, d iscover a new approach to the talent problem: build, buy, borrow or bridge to ensure your workforce has the in-demand skills for the digital age.

CEC Creates Technical Career Advancement Program
Communications Engineering Company (CEC) announced last week it has created a technical career advancement program to help new employees learn about technology. Training includes on-the-job learning combined with classroom-style instruction--while receiving a paycheck. Read the news release.

Help End Human Trafficking in Iowa
Did you know more human trafficking takes place in Iowa than in any other state due to the crossing of Interstates 80/35? You can help by placing no-cost Freedom Stickers on the inside door of women's bathroom stalls in your business  so that victims can view the sticker in private, memorize the number or contact the hotline. Order Freedom Stickers.

Call for Nominations: Legends in Manufacturing Awards
On October 2, 2018, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, an ABI program, will recognize six outstanding leaders in manufacturing at its fourth annual Legends in Manufacturing awards dinner. See the awardee categories and download a nomination form  here. The nomination deadline is August 3.
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