Legislative News
Future Ready Iowa Alliance Releases Recommendations
Members of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, co-chaired by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Principal CEO Dan Houston, met Tuesday, Oct. 17 to discuss and vote on final recommendations. The recommendations were divided into three areas: work-based learning, K-12 education and business community support. Keep reading...

Gov. Reynolds Appointed to Apprenticeship Task Force
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced on Monday that Gov. Kim Reynolds has been appointed to serve on President Trump's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The establishment of the task force coincides with President Trump's executive order issued in June that seeks to close the skills gap, minimize regulatory burdens on workforce development programs and expand vocational education and apprenticeships. Gov. Reynolds is just one of two governors to be named to the task force of cabinet members and business, labor and education leaders. Read the full press release .
ABI Input on Secretary of State Administrative Rule Results in Amendments
After ABI, along with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Iowa Bar Association, testified at the Administrative Rules Review Committee meeting last week on the Secretary of State's proposed fee increase rule, the Secretary of State proposed rule amendments to accommodate ABI's concerns. These amendments will ensure the business filing fee increases proposed in the rule go exclusively to fund business services technology improvements and the fee increases sunset when the technology improvement fund sunsets in 2022. Keep reading...
Opioid Study Committee Meets; Expect Legislative Action
A two-day legislative opioid epidemic evaluation interim study committee met this week to examine the state's opioid crisis. Speakers from stakeholders including insurance companies, MCOs, doctors, pharmacies, treatment facilities, state agencies and individuals affected by addiction and deaths of loved ones to opioids spoke before the six-member, bipartisan committee. Keep reading...
Local Elections on November 7
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Iowa voters will go to the polls and elect municipal representation. Former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O'Neill stated, "All politics is local." Remember, most of your property tax dollars stay in your city, county or school district. Do you have a local option sales tax? That revenue stays local. Who determines how to spend the money? City councils. Make sure you are registered to vote.
Iowans are fortunate to have many opportunities to participate in the election process. Absentee voting begins 40 days prior to the election and polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day. There is no excuse for not participating. If you are going to be out of town or unable to vote on Election Day, make plans to vote early. Access  ABI's Election Center , which has information on how to register to vote and cast an absentee ballot. Make sure to vote!
IIPAC Investments Due in Two Weeks
Friday, Nov. 3 is the deadline to make contributions to IIPAC and have your name included on the list of investors printed in ABI's 2018 Business Resource Guide. All investors who contribute more than $100 will be recognized in the annual publication. But you must make your donation by Friday, Nov. 3. Make your contribution today !
More from Manufacturing Day
Many ABI members held events on October 6 to celebrate Manufacturing Day. More than 300 people attended an event at Seneca Foundry in Webster City, including 45 high school students who have shown an interest in welding and metal fabrication. Seneca Foundry set up tables along the facility tour to educate guests about their processes, technology advancements, and the impact and importance of many of their customers who are also manufacturers.
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Vermeer to Host "Interview on the Spot" Event
Vermeer is experiencing significant growth and will fill production positions at an "interview on the spot" event, October 24, 12-8 p.m., at the Vermeer Global Pavilion, 2110 Vermeer Road East, in Pella. Positions available include machining, welding, painting, assembly and material handling-all shifts. Talk to a recruiter, interview with a manager, go through a weld/paint evaluation if applicable, receive an offer and walk out with a start date.  See current openings .

The Results Group to Host Free Hiring and Recruitment Seminar and Webinar
The Results Group will host "How to Hire Producers and Not Pretenders" on October 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m., at 1370 NW 114th Street Suite D in Clive.  Attendees will learn what headhunters wished they knew about hiring producers; how to attract, distinguish, interview, hire and retain top producers;  the differences between Pretenders and Producers and how to deal with them; fun, accurate and user-friendly tactics to interview anyone, anytime and anywhere; easy to remember and immediately applicable tactics that will improve your sales management; and the process that will finally put the odds in your favor recruiting top sales producers. Learn more.

Tyson Intern Program to Aid Nonprofits in Sioux City, Storm Lake
The Sioux City Journal reported "Tyson Foods will fund an internship program starting next summer that will allow college students to gain experience serving nonprofit groups in two Siouxland communities where the meat company has large plants and a diverse workforce."  Keep reading .

CIRAS to Host The Future of Leadership Summit
Ever wonder how smart leaders make things happen? This executive briefing will explore the human dynamics of how change is made inside organizations. Participants will explore the role senior leaders play in any major transition and the patterns of success that are demonstrated when leaders are able to bring their strategies to full fruition. The summit is November 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Learn more.

Survey Results Help Manufacturers and Distributors Rethink Industry Challenges
From time to time ABI shares research that may be valuable to our members. This 6th annual Manufacturing and Distribution Outlook is one of those in particular. Thanks to ABI Advisory Council member CliftonLarsonAllen for offering this to ABI members!   Get the report.

National Drug-free Work Week is October 16-21
ABI member CJ Cooper would like to remind you October 16-21 is National Drug-free Work Week. Did you know drug and alcohol testing is the most effective way to prevent substance abuse in your workplace?  Contact CJ Cooper if you need assistance implementing a drug and alcohol program.
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