Legislative News
Election Day is Nov. 6: Find Your Polling Place
Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 6, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you haven't voted absentee or voted early, find your polling place . We also encourage you to print out a sample ballot from your county auditor website to research who you plan to vote for prior to arriving at the polls, especially because Iowa no longer allows straight-party voting. In other words, you can no longer fill in one bubble to vote for all the candidates of one party, so researching the candidates ahead of time is more important than ever. Click on the links to find out more about Iowa's legislative , statewide and congressional candidates.

3 E's for Employers and Employees to Be Election-ready
Learn about the 3 E's--3 simple ways you can help increase employee engagement on Election Day. Watch the 3 E's video.
Know Your IIPAC Friend of Iowa Business Candidates
Each year ABI's PAC endorses candidates who will advance pro-jobs policies in Iowa for legislative and statewide races. ABI member companies who are located in key legislative races may receive an email on Monday with information about your local elected officials. However, statewide races are front-of-mind, and the 2018 Friend of Iowa Business candidates include:
  • Governor -- Kim Reynolds
  • Secretary of State -- Paul Pate
  • Auditor -- Mary Mosiman
  • Secretary of Agriculture -- Mike Naig
See the full list of IIPAC's Friend of Iowa Business-endorsed candidates for legislative races. Remember to vote your entire ballot, and turn it over, as there are several important races down the ballot.
IIPAC Contributors Invited to Election Night Event
IIPAC investors are invited to a special legislative event in conjunction with EPIC on election night from 8-11 p.m. We will watch election returns and network with others while enjoying hosted snacks and drinks. To join the election night fun, RSVP to Michelle Vollstedt . Contact Jessica Hyland with any questions.

IDOR Issues Updated Guidance on DPAD
The Iowa Department of Revenue has released additional information regarding compliance with new tax changes concerning the Domestic Production Activities Credit (DPAD). The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included a repeal of the federal DPAD for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Iowa did not conform to this repeal for tax years beginning during 2018, and as a result, the DPAD will be available as a deduction for Iowa tax purposes for tax year 2018. However, the deduction will not be available for Iowa purposes for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2019. For a full list of reform guidance, visit the IDOR's tax reform page . If you would like to receive notifications of resources and guidance issued by the department, subscribe to updates by selecting the tax topics of interest.

ABI Environment Committee Meets
Some members of the environment committee met this week to discuss innovative approaches to air permitting in other states. The ABI public policy team updated members on some key issues happening at the DNR right now, including the air quality client contact meeting next week. If you would like more information about the client contact meeting or have feedback to share with ABI in advance, contact Brad Hartkopf. Keep reading.

Last Weekly Election Update on Monday
Monday will be the last regularly scheduled weekly ABI Election Update. ( Subscribe now .) However, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, ABI will send out an election wrap-up email to election update subscribers to review the results and what they mean for ABI members heading into the 2019 legislative session. As part of the election update, each week the ABI public policy staff highlights and analyzes "races to watch" including statewide and Iowa legislative and congressional races. To give all members a flavor of what we include in the election update, read a featured race to watch this week.
Building Business Value
Strengthen and Harvest Company Value While Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Join us Dec. 6, 1:15-3:15 p.m., in Oskaloosa for a Building Business Value program.  No matter how young and vibrant you feel, you will eventually want to retire and enjoy the benefits of your hard work. When that day arrives, you should have a solid exit plan in place to successfully leave the business on your terms, set the minds of your employees and clients at ease, and help your chosen successor take the reins with confidence.  This program is centered around three main topics: 1) building business value, 2) legacy planning and 3) execution. Learn more and register.
Career Opportunity
Do You Know a Marketer with a Passion for Developing Iowa's Workforce and Leaders? 
Tell them to apply to become the ABI Foundation's marketing and engagement coordinator.  This individual will be responsible for all marketing and promotional efforts related to the ABI Foundation and its statewide programs:  Business Horizons Leadership Iowa University  and  Leadership Iowa . Hurry, cover letters and resumes are due by Monday, Nov. 5.
From the Desk of...
ABI Board, Staff Are Focused on You

Mike Ralston
At ABI, it's all about the members. As an organization, there are two groups of people that help make sure that focus is at the forefront of everything we do.

It starts at the top, and it is the ABI Board of Directors that is responsible for the success experienced by ABI in recent years. The board takes seriously its charge to lead ABI to growth and even greater impact. Over the years, I can't tell you how many times a board member has asked if a particular decision would mean better service for members. That question, or a variation, really  guides  the board. Keep reading.
Top News
Help Iowa Win the Governor's Cup
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is seeking your help in identifying new and expanded corporate facilities in Iowa that meet these guidelines The IEDA is compiling a list of qualified projects, which it will submit for entry in the Governor's Cup. Site Selection magazine annually awards the Governor's Cup based on the number of new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the Conway Projects Database. The projects must be announced they are under construction or have completed construction after Dec. 15, 2017 to be considered.  Even if you expanded your operations without using IEDA funding, the IEDA still wants to hear from you. S end your community/region's information, either in an existing format or by using this excel template , by Nov. 16 to  matthew.kodis@iowaeda.com .  

Goosmann Law Firm Named One of the Top Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S.
The Goosmann Law Firm has been named on the 2018 Law Firm 500 Award Honorees list as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States.  The firm was ranked No. 151 , which showcases top firms that have achieved significant growth in revenues over the past three years. This is the second year the firm was an honoree. Read the news release.
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