Legislative News
Special election for Iowa House District 82 Tuesday
ABI members in the southeast Iowa counties of Jefferson, Davis and Van Buren, including the communities of Fairfield, Bloomfield, and Keosauqua will have the opportunity to cast a ballot in the special election on Tuesday, August 8.

Four candidates are on the ballot in Iowa House District 82 to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Representative Curt Hanson (D-Fairfield). Phil Miller: The Democratic nominee is a veterinarian who resides in Fairfield. Miller is also President of the Fairfield Community School Board District. He is married and has four adult children. Travis Harris: The Republican nominee is a Director on the Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative. Harris is a resident of Moulton and serves on the Davis County Community Foundation board. He is married and has three children. Other candidates: Libertarian nominee Joshua Miller and Constitutional Party nominee Edward Hee III will also appear on the ballot. Keep reading... 

Federal spotlight: ABI joins NAFTA support letters 
Representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States are set to meet in Washington, D.C. on August 16th to begin the first of seven rounds of talks to discuss renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The ability to export products from Iowa to other countries is a key part of Iowa's manufacturing and agricultural economies. ABI has supported efforts in the past that encourage opening new markets for Iowa companies and maintaining existing trade agreements. This week, ABI joined other state and national trade associations by signing two letters. Keep reading... 
 
Employee Voter Registration Week 2017
ABI has resources and tips to help your company participate in Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW), September 25-29. EVRW is a weeklong, nationwide effort to increase voter participation among private employees in the U.S. In 2016, one in five voters live in states that require photo IDs to vote, but don't know it. EVRW is an effort to get private employees throughout the country registered to vote. During this week, companies and associations will join together in an effort to encourage voter registration among private sector employees. The initiative will not tell employees how to vote or who to vote for. Instead, it aims to serve as a resource to help employers educate their employees about the issues that are important to their industries and provide key deadlines, voter registration and polling location information. Click here for more information. If you are interested in being an EVRW partner, contact Nicole Crain
 
Learn more: Iowans for Jobs Initiative
The Iowans for Jobs Initiative (IFJI) is the public policy education arm of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. The goal of the non-partisan Iowans for Jobs Initiative is to advocate and educate about the importance of pro-jobs, pro-business legislation for all Iowans. The initiative is not a political action committee and does not endorse candidates or give directly to state or federal campaigns. ABI uses corporate contributions to the Iowans for Jobs Initiative for digital and print communications when there are specific legislative issues that the public needs more information about. Past examples include Right to Work education, supplies used in manufacturing sales tax exemption and support of amicus briefs on employment and regulatory issues. Please consider a $100 corporate contribution to the Iowans for Jobs Initiative today! Click here to give via credit card or information on ways to support IFJI. 

Another local election: Dallas County Supervisors set date for vote
Between now and November 2017, there will be many special elections held in addition to school board and municipal elections. Just this week, Linn County held an election on the number of county supervisors. Additionally, supporters of implementing a local option sales tax in Dallas County received enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot this November. The election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, the same day as municipal elections this year. Residents of the county who reside in Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale, and Grimes will vote as one unit on the issue because they share borders. Several cities in the county have already implemented the tax. Read more from Business Record . 

Registration is Open! 
Advanced Manufacturing Conference
The 2017 Advanced Manufacturing Conference will be more valuable to your business than ever. Registration is open for this year's conference, which will take place Sept. 20 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona! 
 
Connect with colleagues and engage experts. Attend workshops with valuable takeaways. Bring new ideas back to your company about new technology, streamlined processes, safety and best practices. 
 
Make plans to join us the night before for the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner, where we'll celebrate icons in the manufacturing industry!
 
From the Desk of...
Mike Ralston
ABI
mralston@iowaabi.org 

Recently, I completed visits with newly-elected members of the ABI Board of Directors. As a group, the women and men that comprise the ABI board are terrific. They are some of our state's best business leaders.

What strikes me most about these visits every year is how passionate ABI members are about their businesses. They care about their people, they care about their customers, and they care about the future of their business.

Each year, I have the opportunity to hear about some of Iowa's oldest and most successful business operations. Invariably, these discussions involve things a company is doing to sustain and train its employees. They involve multi-million dollar investments being made to keep a company successful. And they involve innovative business practices that position a company for the long-haul. Keep reading... 
Top News
Whirlpool in Middle Amana plans to hire 500 new employees (KCRG-TV9) 
 Whirlpool in Amana says it wants to hire at least 500 workers over the next three weeks. The company says this will help it keep up with demand for its refrigerator products.

CIRAS to Manufacturers: What do you need? (CIRAS)
Our mission here at CIRAS is to enhance the performance of industry in Iowa through applied research, education and technical assistance.

Little Red Schoolhouse ready to receive its new foundation (The Daily Non Pareil)
ABI members support local project to preserve schoolhouse.  
 
CEC Announces Addition to Executive Leadership Team (CEC)  
CEC, a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator, announces that Paul Novak has joined its leadership team as vice president of sales and marketing.

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