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May 19, 2016 
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ABI Mission Statement

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Business Horizons
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ABI News

New Calendar

Regional Public Policy Meeting: Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance |Cedar Rapids

New! Regional Public Policy Meeting: Council Bluffs 
Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce | Council Bluffs 

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2016 Taking Care of Business Conference 
Sioux City

Business Horizons 
Central College | Pella
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To foster a favorable business, economic, governmental and social climate within the State of Iowa so that our citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
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Legislative News

Overtime rule finalized, employer costs to increase
The Department of Labor finalized its proposed overtime rule relating to exempt and non-exempt employees on Wednesday, with a large increase to the salary but no change to the duties test. Last fall ABI submitted two sets of comments to the Department of Labor in opposition to the rule. Keep reading...

Regional policy meetings underway
The regional policy meetings kicked off Tuesday with a large crowd in Waterloo at the Tech Works Campus. We appreciated Steve Dust, Executive Director Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber hosting ABI members and guests.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday in Cedar Rapids at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. Another meeting was recently scheduled for  June 7 in Council Bluffs.  Lunch will be served at both meetings.   Click here  to register. Keep reading...
Two weeks left to receive IIPAC sticker for conference
Investors in ABI's political action committee, IIPAC, will receive recognition at the ABI conference next month. If you would like to be recognized but have not yet contributed to IIPAC, please do so by June 1. Click here  to contribute online today. If you would prefer not to be recognized, please contact Michelle Vollstedt,

Title V fees set
On May 17, the Environmental Protection Commission set the Title V fees at $67.50 per ton. Initial estimates predicted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources would be at the $70 per ton cap just one year after the legislation establishing fees was passed into law. The change was made to adjust for a projected 3.8 percent increase in emissions from the March estimate and a 4.5 percent decrease in the program's costs. Read online...

ABI antidegradation rulemaking petition advances
On May 17, Myron Linn appeared before the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) to give comments in support of a  rulemaking petition  and  notice of intended action , to clarify the antidegradation rule and implementation procedure. In the wake of a legal case which made the antidegradation process and costs unclear and potentially extremely burdensome going forward, ABI along with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and the Iowa League of Cities, asked DNR to clarify the rule. Keep reading...

From the Desk of...Paul Gregoire, ABI Chairman, 
Global Vice President of Human Resources, Emerson/Fisher

Bring your young professionals to conference! 

Those of you who attend the  Taking Care of Business Conference each year understand first hand the value you receive by attending. As leaders in your companies and your industries, the annual ABI conference offers of the very best opportunities in Iowa to network with fellow business leaders and build relationships with potential partners.

But this event isn't just for executives. It's also a wonderful learning opportunity for our emerging and future leaders. That's why I'm challenging all business leaders within ABI to bring two or three of your top young professionals with you to the conference. Keep reading...

Interested in submitting your own From the Desk of column? Contact Emily Schettler at
Did you miss the Monday Memo from ABI President Mike Ralston? For the most recent memo click  here.

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