Legislative News
Policy Meetings Begin in Five Days
The first policy meeting will be held on August 7 at the ABI office. The Employment and Workforce Committee, chaired by Amy Larsen (United Equipment Accessories) will hear from experts at Iowa Workforce Development about potential changes to the unemployment system. The committee will also discuss workforce and human resource issues employers face in the workplace every day. The Workplace and Product Safety Committee will meet August 8 and provide feedback on how the workers' compensation law passed in 2017 is working and any issues members are facing with product safety, OSHA or workers' compensation. It's not too late to register. Click here to register for any of the five policy committee meetings today!
 
Chief Justice Seeks ABI Feedback about Iowa Business Specialty Court
In his weekly memo, ABI President Mike Ralston included a request for feedback about the Iowa Business Specialty Court. The specialty court was established in 2012 to expeditiously move business or complex commercial litigation through the court system. As of 2018, 57 cases have used the business court.  The court is considering a change in the criteria by which a case can move to the business court. The current criteria can be found here . The proposed change would allow one party (instead of all parties) to file an application to transfer the case to the business court. You can find more information hereIowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady would like feedback from ABI members on this proposed change. If you have comments to share, please contact Molly Kottmeyer, counsel to the chief justice, at molly.kottmeyer@iowacourts.gov or 515-348-4965.
 
IWD Seeks Feedback on Seasonal Employment
Iowa Workforce Development has distributed a survey to labor, construction and business organizations to gather feedback from employees about whether or not they work in a seasonal industry. ABI participated in a meeting last month where agency officials brought this issue forward. If you are interested in receiving the survey, please contact Nicole Crain .
Federal Spotlight: ABI Joins President Trump, Cabinet Officials in Peosta
Several ABI board members, along with Jessica Hyland and Brad Hartkopf of the public policy team, attended a workforce development roundtable at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. The roundtable included President Trump, members of his cabinet, Gov. Reynolds and Congressman Blum. The event focused on an executive order the president signed a few weeks ago aimed at expanding apprenticeships and job training opportunities for American workers. The Trump administration is encouraging employers to sign a pledge to offer more opportunities for their employees to gain the skills, education and training they need to advance their careers and be successful in the modern economy.  
 
Federal Spotlight: House Passes Repeal of Medical Device Tax
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 283-132 to rescind the medical device tax last week. H.R. 184 annuls the 2.3 percent excise tax set upon the domestic sales of medical devices. The bill received wide bipartisan support with 57 Democrats joining Republicans in pulling back the levy. All four of Iowa's Congressmen voted in favor of the legislation. It was created, in part, to help finance the Affordable Care Act. It went into effect in 2013, but was temporarily suspended in 2015 and is currently suspended until 2020. Both sides of the aisle have criticized the tax for harming innovation, hurting job growth and limiting sales. The bill faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate.
Trusted Advisor Video Series
ABI Launches New Trusted Advisor Video Series
ABI is excited to introduce our new Trusted Advisor video series. Each two-minute-or-less video will offer helpful information like advice, tips, comparisons and how-to's to benefit your business. In the first video, Rowena Crosbie, president of Tero International, discusses the four challenges to succession planning. The videos, produced by experts from the ABI Advisory Council, will feature a wide variety of business topics. You can watch the videos for free on the Trusted Advisor Video Series playlist on ABI's YouTube channel.
From the Desk of...
How to Get the Most from Your ABI Investment   

Mike Ralston

This time each year, I have the opportunity to visit with newly elected members of the ABI Board of Directors. They join a group of women and men that comprise the ABI Board and are simply 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. Keep reading.
Top News
Iowa Lean Consortium to Host Lean Government Exchange for Government and Nonprofit Employees
The Iowa Lean Consortium will host its second annual Lean Government Exchange on August 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Des Moines. Government and nonprofit employees face unique challenges with their Lean journey. Learn how to overcome those challenges by hearing from others who have gone before you. The event is open to anyone interested in continuous improvement, including non-members and those not in government. Learn more and register .

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing to Hold Ambassador Training
Help promote careers in advanced manufacturing by becoming an Elevate Advanced Manufacturing ambassador. The next ambassador training will be September 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at the John T. Blong Technology Center in Davenport. There is no cost to attend. To register for the training, email Alexandra at amonaghan@measuredintentions.com. Learn more about the ambassador program here.

DMACC Offers Emerging Leaders Training
Have you identified employers who have the potential to be high-performing leaders in your organization, but need development in a few areas? DMACC is offering a series of nine courses to help these emerging leaders reach their potential. Topics include Introduction to Management, Time and Meeting Management, Managing Generational Differences, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership to Fit the Situation, Change Management, Difficult Conversations, and Coaching and Developing Your Employees. To sign up, contact DMACC Business Resources at  dbr@dmacc.edu or 515-256-4913.

West Des Moines Selected as Host Site for L2L: LIVE2LEAD 
#1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker John C. Maxwell has selected West Des Moines as a host site for the live simulcast L2L: LIVE2LEAD on October 12. The leadership event will help you create renewed energy, build new relationships and deliver easy-to-implement actions. Featured guests for the simulcast include Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink and Debra Searle.  During early-bird registration through Sept. 7, tickets are $20 off for both general admission and VIP seating.  Read the news release and register for the simulcast.
Governor's Club Sponsors
Manager's Club Sponsors
AGP/Ag Processing Inc.
Measured Intentions
Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
Menard, Inc
Aon Risk Services Central, Inc.                         
Mercer
Associated Computer Systems, Ltd.
Midwest Speakers Bureau
AT&T
Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency
ATW Training Solutions                  
Mortenson Construction
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
NextEra Energy Duane Arnold Energy Center
Bergan KDV                       
Norplex-Micarta
Climax Molybdenum Co              

Northwest Bank

Commerce Bank                      
Owner Revolution
Cottingham & Butler
Precision Pulley & Idler               
CUNA Mutual Group    
Procter & Gamble Hair Care                                  
Davis Brown Law Firm       
Pure Storage

Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc.                            
Reynolds & Reynolds             
Dordt College   
Ritchie Industries
DuPont Pioneer                 
Ruan
Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping, Inc.                                       
Shine Bros. Corp
Farmers Trust & Savings Bank
Shyft Collective
Fed Ex Corp.
St. Martin Land Company
Gerdau        
Standard Golf Co
Gilliland Group at Morgan Stanley

Story Construction
Goosmann Law Firm
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Henningsen Construction, Inc
Thombert, Inc.
Impact7G, Inc.
Transamerica Life Insurance Company              
International Paper Company
Trilix
Iowa Area Development Group, LLC
Union Pacific Railroad
Iowa Soybean Association
Van Diest Supply Company

Koch Companies PS, LLC                
Van Meter Inc.
Kum & Go
Wells Enterprises, Inc.  
LaunchIT Corp

West Liberty Foods Division of ITGC
Lisle Corp / EZ Way, Inc.

Windstream Communications

Magna International