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May 26, 2016 
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ABI Mission Statement

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3 Weeks to Conference
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ABI News

New Calendar

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

Primary Election Day

2016 Taking Care of Business Conference 
Sioux City

Business Horizons 
Central College | Pella
July 17-21 , 2016

ABI Workplace & Product Safety Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

Leadership Iowa University
Des Moines & Central Iowa

ABI Employment & Workforce Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Environment Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Economic Growth Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Tax Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Executive Open
Des Moines Golf and Country Club 
West Des Moines
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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.


Legislative News

Primary election in 12 days
Iowa's primary election for U.S. Senate and House as well as state senate and house races will take place Tuesday, June 7th. Absentee voting is already underway. As we enter into election season, here are five tips to help you prepare:
  1. Make sure your voter registration is up to date. Did you move since the last election? Would you like to change your party affiliation? Iowans are now able to register to vote online. The information you need can be found here.
    Keep reading...
Branstad signs workforce education bill
Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were joined by local legislators, businesses and community college officials at Hawkeye Community College for the bill signing of 
House File 2392 . The legislation was the result of a report developed by a task force, which ABI participated in along with labor organizations, construction trades, community colleges and legislators.  Keep reading...

New rules for Property Assessment Appeals Board
The Department of Revenue proposed rules updating procedures when taxpayers file an appeal before the Property Assessment Appeals Board. The rule updates language and institutes an electronic filing system. The rule also addresses the applicability of changes to Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure in cases before the board. A complete draft of the rule as adopted and filed can be found  here . Keep reading...

Western Iowa policy meeting scheduled for June 7
The ABI public policy team will be in Council Bluffs on June 7 (Primary Day) to provide a 2016 legislative update to ABI members in western Iowa. If you are interested in attending,  click here . The event is free to members and $20 for non-members and includes lunch. An RSVP is requested to ensure enough food is available.  Read Online
ABI's PAC offers a valuable ROI
Determining where to invest your money can be nerve-wracking. Volatile swings in the stock market can send prices soaring one day and through the floor the next. At ABI, it's easy to see the value contributors get from their investment to the Iowa Industry Political Action Committee, IIPAC. In 2014, 90 percent of the candidates endorsed by ABI were elected to the Legislature and state offices. All PAC donors who contribute before June 1 will be recognized at the annual conference June 14-16 in Sioux City.  Click here to make your contribution today. Read online.

Iowa House candidates interview with EPIC
Members of the ABI public policy team had the opportunity to meet with several Iowa House candidates during the first round of candidate interviews. The candidates traveled from all over the state to meet with ABI and other business organizations and discuss their views on economic growth issues and the economy. 

Federal Spotlight: Federal business PAC endorses in Iowa races
The political arm of the non-partisan Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) has endorsed U.S. Rep. David Young (IA-03) and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01). 
They were identified by BIPAC members, state and local employers and business organizations as being the strongest advocates for advancing private sector job creation and increasing America's economy based on their federal and state voting records, as-well-as their stated policy positions. Keep reading...

From the Desk of...Ro Crosbie, President, 
Tero International

Giving up accountability 

You don't have to look far to find proof of the stunning success of teams within organizations. Teams are one of the most effective responses to today's business challenges. Challenges posed by customer service, quality, continuous improvement and all of the other hot topics that separate today's market winners from the companies they leave in the dust. 
In pursuit of this competitive advantage, leaders commonly remind employees that there is no "I" in Team. "We" becomes the mantra. 
Leaders beware! There are risks.
The word "we" means nothing to you. It means nothing to any of us.
For organizations to be successful, each individual must see him/herself as accountable for a final result. Even in the case of team goals, each individual must understand and carry out their specific role and responsibilities. Giving up accountability to "the team" sends a powerful message to our subconscious minds to look for excuses rather than to take actions that will move us closer to the goal.
Most sports teams imprint the goal of "we will win". The most successful sports teams know that they can't stop there. They take it one step further. They have each individual member of the team imprint the specific role they are accountable for as part of the team goal.  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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