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June 09, 2016 
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ABI Mission Statement

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ABI Foundation Auction
Conference Mobile App
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ABI News

New Calendar

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.

The annual ABI Foundation silent auction is open and has packages for every interest, including sports, fine dining and travel! Proceeds from this great fundraiser benefit Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University and Business Horizons. Check out the silent auction here and consider placing a bid on some of these wonderful items. Thank you to everyone who provided items to be auctioned off. The ABI Foundation will also have its live auction at next week's conference, following the Chair's Dinner. A list of live auction items is available here.


Legislative News

Longtime Iowa legislator Sands announces retirement
Longtime state Rep. Tom Sands (R-Wapello) announced Thursday he won't run for re-election to the Iowa House. Sands has served as chair of the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee for six years and has been a strong ally for Iowa employers and employees. Sands did not have opposition in Tuesday's Republican primary and no Democrat filed paperwork to run in the district. Now, Republicans in House District 88 will hold a special nominating convention to select a candidate for the House seat. Jason Delzell of Wapello has announced his plans to seek the nomination.

Regional policy meetings conclude, preparation for 2017 continues
On Tuesday, the ABI policy team, including President Mike Ralston, had a final post session regional policy meeting in Council Bluffs. If you weren't able to attend a meeting and would like to receive a legislative session summary with information about bills of interest or a copy of the powerpoint presented at the meetings, contact Nicole Crain,, or Jessica Harder,  jharder@iowaabi.orgAs we look forward to the 2017 session, the next step in the policy-setting process will be August meetings of each of the five ABI public policy committees. Keep reading...

Iowa Supreme Court rules on unemployment, workers' compensation and products liability
Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court issued three decisions affecting employers and manufacturers.
Sondra Irving vs Employment Appeal Board addresses when employers must pay unemployment claims when an employee is incarcerated. The case also deals with the administration of the unemployment compensation fund when an employee is denied unemployment benefits for a job when the employee holds more than one job. In a result unfavorable to employers, the court ruled that the employer had to pay for unemployment benefits resulting when an employee's employment was terminated for absences due to her incarceration, concluding that her incarceration was not a voluntary quit. Keep reading...

General Election races set
Initial results are in from Tuesday's congressional, state and local primary elections. All but one congressional district faced competitive primaries in one party, and several legislative seats also had primaries. Continue reading for the highlights of key races. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: Toxic substances control act passes
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by voice vote. This follows a 403-12 House vote to approve the bill in late May. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama's desk for signature.
The Lautenberg Act is a comprehensive update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the statute governing the manufacture of chemicals and products containing chemicals. It is the first real update of TSCA since the law's enactment in 1976. 
Keep reading...

Download the 2016 ABI conference app today!

The  2016 Taking Care of Business Conference app - Iowa ABI App - is now available for download for iPhone, Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones. This app has all the valuable resources you need to make the most of the 2016 conference, including the ability to connect with fellow attendees! Find the app in your phone's respective app store. 

There's still time to register for the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference! Click here to register today!

From the Desk of...Kathy Anderson, Vice President, Member Development and Programs 
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Maximize your ABI conference experience

The 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference brings 450 to 550 Iowa business leaders from across the state together for three days. With so many attendees in a variety of industries, ages and positions within their company, the Taking Care of Business Conference will offer connections and opportunities you could never expect. Taking a few minutes on the front end to prepare will help you make the most of your three days in Sioux City.

Reach out. Check out the conference attendee list. Make a list of 5 to 10 people you'd like to meet this year. If you couldn't identify them in a crowd, ask another ABI member, ABI staff member or a Conference Committee member for an introduction. It's a nice touch to reach out ahead of time to those attendees you've known for years. Tell them you're looking forward to seeing them at 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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