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Safety Training Opportunities at the Annual Winter Conference
February 28, 2018
If one of your resolutions for the new year is for your team to work safer, the 2018 Annual Winter Conference is a can't miss opportunity for high-quality safety training. Whether you are a company executive, project manager, superintendent, or craft worker, there is something at this conference that will help you work or lead with safety as a priority. 
The annual Safety Day of training, held on February 28th in conjunction with the Winter Conference, offers seminars that will address safety culture, operational excellence, and top to bottom / bottom to top safety management. We are also offering additional seminars to address environmental issues, such as lead, asbestos, and silica safety, as well as general safety topics including fall protection, distracted driving, and confined spaces. Attendees will also have the opportunity to gain industry recognized credentials in powder actuated tools, laser operator, and supervisor / management drug awareness.
CLICK HERE to view the Winter Conference Brochure.
CLICK HERE to view the Winter Conference Registration Form.  
For additional information, please contact Tom Fulcher, Director of Education at (515) 657-4395 or 
Bluebeam Revu Online Training Session
Legislature Begins Subcommittee Work 
Develop Your Leaders at the MBI Annual Winter Conference
MBI and Bluebeam University are preparing for the final Bluebeam online training session of the 2017-18 training season: Revu Measurements and Takeoffs - Expanded. This online training is a great opportunity to save money and train your employees on the Bluebeam Revu software. Connect to this online training session from your conference room to train all of your employees for one low registration fee!
Revu Measurements and Takeoffs - Expanded
February 13, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
CLICK HERE to view the course brochure and to register
For questions about this online training, please contact Tom Fulcher at (515) 657-4395 or
MBI has registered in favor of two specific bills that would provide benefits to construction companies:
  1. House Study Bill 524: an Act relating to mechanics' liens, public construction liens, and the early release of retained funds. This bill is accompanied by Senate Study Bill 3039 and mirror each other in the language. This is our bill that we drafted and makes two changes to mechanic's lien laws. Subcommittee in the House is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30AM. Rep. Andy McKean (R-Anamosa), Rep. Ross Paustian (R-Walcott) and Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) are on the subcommittee.    
  2. House Study Bill 509: an Act relating to motor vehicles approaching stationary construction vehicles, and providing penalties. The intent is to require motorists to reduce speed, make a lane change, and/or express caution when approaching a stationary construction vehicle. Last Thursday, a subcommittee was scheduled, but was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Stay up to date on these and other legislative items of interest by signing up for the Legislative Focus Webinar Series. We kicked off the series last Friday, and will continue to conduct these monthly legislative webinars every third Friday of the month. The next one is set for Friday, February 16 at 9:00 AM. Sign up here! 
If you have any questions, please contact Ben Hammes, Director of Public Affairs at or (515) 314-9016.
Leadership development within the commercial construction industry is critical for companies who want to continually improve, hold on to their leadership team, and keep pace with the constantly changing industry. Master Builder of Iowa is here to help! Attend the MBI Annual Winter Conference, held February 26-28, where we have an entire day dedicated to leadership development!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Four of the sessions that are scheduled will be presented by representatives from FMI:
  • Estimating and Bidding - Connection Actual Job Costs Back to Estimating
  • Driving Best Practices in Business Development
  • Talent Development and the Future of Your Company
  • Hiring & Retaining the Right People.
In addition, a panel of industry professionals will deliver a seminar titled Pre-Fab / Modular Components in Commercial Construction - Art of the Possible. The schedule for the day will be rounded out with additional leadership development topics, including the power of influence, best practices for leading teams, and the latest recruitment and leadership trends.

CLICK HERE to view the Winter Conference brochure.

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

For additional information, please contact Tom Fulcher, Director of Education at (515) 657-4395 or

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