Legislative News
Workplace and Product Safety Committee: workers' compensation call January 3
ABI's legislative priorities for 2017 include growing Iowa's skilled workforce and sustaining a competitive business climate. As part of these priorities, ABI is spearheading employer efforts on legislation with improvements to Iowa's Workers' Compensation laws. If you would like to participate in ABI's Workplace and Product Safety Committee's workers' compensation call to discuss this legislation on January 3 at 10 a.m., please email Michelle Vollstedt at mvollstedt@iowaabi.org to get participation information.

State energy plan unveiled
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday announced details of the new Iowa Energy Plan, which is meant to serve as a foundation for maximizing Iowa's economic potential in terms of energy development and sustainability. Many ABI member companies and organizations participated in the two working groups that met over the past year to help create the Iowa Energy Plan. Keep reading...

Joint Tax Expenditure Committee meets, discusses research activities credits
On Monday, Tax Expenditure Committee, a joint committee comprised of state senators and representatives, held its second and final meeting before the legislative session to review specific tax credit programs including the Research Activities tax credits, the High Quality Jobs Program and the earned income tax credit. Keep reading...

Register for ABI's Legislative Briefing and Reception
More than 300 people are already registered for next month's Legislative Briefing and Reception. Don't miss this opportunity to join them and lawmakers from across the state to talk about issues important to your organization and Iowa businesses in general. Before the reception, join ABI's public policy team for an update on the association's policy priorities and top issues the Legislature is expected to address in 2017.  Click here  to register now! The cost increases on Jan. 2.

Reminder: Special state senate election is Dec. 27
Now that the General Election is over and the holidays are approaching it's easy to forget that residents in state Senate District 45, which covers a portion of Davenport and southwest Scott County, will go to the polls on Tuesday, Dec. 27, to cast a ballot for their next state senator. Keep reading...

2017 political events scheduled, donate now to attend
ABI's political action committee, IIPAC, is working to build on the success of the 2016 elections. IIPAC will have special invitation-only events for Platinum and Gold level investors. You will be receiving an email soon about upcoming exclusive events that you won't want to miss! Make sure you make your PAC contribution today to be added to the exclusive list of 2017 PAC donors. Click here to donate.
Become an Elevate Ambassador
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing is hosting an ambassador training for everyone interested in helping inform the next generation about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.   
 
During the training, attendees will learn more about the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the Elevate Advanced Manufacturing campaign, as well as presentation skills, how to be a successful ambassador and more.   
 
Contact Alex Monaghan,  amonaghan@measuredintentions.com , for more information and to register, or click here .  
 
Upcoming training session:  
 
January 17, 2017  
9 a.m. - noon  
Iowa Association of Business and Industry  
400 E. Court Ave., Suite 100   
Des Moines

Top News
STEM partners in Iowa add $360K to mix   (Business Record)
Business and industry partners of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council have contributed $360,000 in the past six months to support education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The contributors included Alliant Energy, the city of Des Moines, DuPont Pioneer, Google, ITC Holdings Corp., Kemin Industries, MidAmerican Energy Co., Principal Financial, Rockwell Collins, Verizon and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Iowa makes the 'biggest improvement in one year,' report says  (Des Moines Register)
Iowa cracked the top 20 for being one of the healthiest states in the country this year, according to an annual state-by-state report conducted by America's Health Rankings.

Bosma Group, GALLINA join CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)
The Bosma Group, PC, and Gallina, LLP, will both join CLA effective January 1, 2017. 
Together, the firms are poised to offer deep and reliable relationships to clients, by listening to understand goals and, ultimately, help shape future possibilities.
Governor's Club Sponsors