Legislative News
Legislative Roundtable in Fort Dodge on Dec. 12
ABI members are invited to a legislative roundtable in Fort Dodge on Tuesday, Dec.12 at 9:30 a.m. If you know of another Iowa business leader in the Ft. Dodge area who is not an ABI member, please invite them to attend. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to Michelle Vollstedt at mvollstedt@iowaabi.org . Click here for more information. 

ABI Participates in Stakeholder Meeting on Voter Integrity Law
ABI was one of several organizations invited by the Secretary of State's office to participate in a roundtable discussion concerning the  voter integrity law that was signed by former Gov. Branstad earlier this year.  The Secretary of State's office is partnering with Strategic America, a communications firm, to roll out an education campaign that will explain what the law means for Iowans and how they can make sure they're taking the right steps to be able to vote. Keep reading...
2018 Legislative Session Issue Preview: SAVE
As the 2018 Legislature prepares to convene on Jan. 8, there are several issues ABI members can expect to be discussed. You've read and heard about the obvious ones--workforce and tax reform--in past newsletters and from ABI public policy staff. However, we thought it might be helpful to provide some background on other issues and discussions you'll read about during the legislative session. Each week between now and January, we'll focus on one topic. Week one, we're focusing on SAVE or Secure an Advanced Vision for Education. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight -- Tax Reform Marches Forward
The U.S. Senate Budget Committee approved the tax reform package on a vote of 12-11 on Tuesday. The committee vote paved the way for the legislation to be debated on the floor of the Senate. The bill is currently being debated on the Senate floor. Twenty hours of debate has been allotted, and then a "vote-a-rama" will commence where members can offer amendments to the bill. Reports say the bill could be voted on as early as this evening or Fri., Dec. 1. Keep reading...
Early-bird Registration Ends Dec. 7
2018 Legislative Briefing and Reception
Early-bird registration for the ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception ends Dec. 7, 2017. Don't miss one of the best attended events of the legislative session.  Register now.
From the Desk of...
Business Continuity Planning and Preparation

Steve Simpson

What would happen if your network went down, your systems failed or disaster struck your organization?

Would you have a plan in place to get back up and running? If you have a business continuity or disaster recovery plan, do you know if it's effective and if it allows you to recover quickly? Have you tested it to see how well it works?

These questions are essential for you to consider, because all it takes is one mistake, system failure or unforeseen event to halt your operations. Any amount of downtime can cost your organization potential profit and can negatively impact your reputation with current and potential customers.

As you ponder your answers to the questions above, read on for some practical steps to help reduce and/or recover from downtime and disasters.  Keep reading... 
Top News
Conference Workshop Proposals Due Dec. 1
Tomorrow is the last day to submit a proposal to present a workshop at the 2018 Taking Care of Business Conference! Don't miss your  opportunity to be in front of business leaders, owners and management teams from across the state.

Mercer to Host Pharmacy Trends and Strategies "Lunch and Learn" for HR and Finance Pros
New drug breakthroughs pose additional financial risk to employers, including high drug and therapy costs. Learn trends and strategies to manage RX spend at a lunch and learn on Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at  12421 Meredith Drive in Urbandale.  The event will cover RX cost management, specialty prescriptions and how employers are dealing with this issue, and how to address the growing opioid epidemic. Learn more and RSVP by December 4.

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg Announce Gift from AT&T to Expand iJAG Program
Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced a $100,000 gift from AT&T at Boone High School on Tuesday to expand the Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) program. iJAG helps raise high school graduation rates and support career paths for underserved students. AT&T's gift is matched by $205,000 in public and private sector contributions over two years, including $63,500 from the John Deere Foundation and $5,000 from Iowa Area Development Group, both of whom are ABI members. Read more.

Iowa Select Farms Expands Program to Reduce Childhood Hunger
The Osceola Sentinel-Tribune reported: "Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation announced the expansion of a program aimed at reducing childhood hunger in Iowa by providing access to nutritious food at home. The Power Snack program, organized and funded by both organizations, will provide thousands of families in need with $5 coupons for sliced or shaved ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread." Read the article.

Standard Distribution Plans Large Expansion Near Waterloo Regional Airport
The Courier reported: " Standard Distribution Co., which already operates five locations in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, is planning to construct a new 50,000-square-foot warehouse and 26-acre 'laydown' yard on the southwest corner of the airport's property." Read the article.
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