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June 23, 2016 
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ABI Mission Statement

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2017 Conference Preview
2016 Conference Recap
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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

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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.

Make plans to join us for next year's Taking Care of Business Conference in Dubuque, June 6-8, 2017! 

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference last week. For 2017, we're traveling across the state to Dubuque and the banks of the Mississippi. Watch the video below for a preview and mark your calendars now to join us 
June 7-8, 2017!



Get a full recap of the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference!


Attendees: Take our conference survey!

View 20 photos from the event! 

Check out news coverage 

Session Recap: What's Your Why: Facing Death for Future Success

Far Reach Write-Up: ABI Conference 2016 



Legislative News

Lt. Gov Reynolds addresses ABI conference
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed attendees at the ABI Conference on Thursday, June 16. During her remarks she focused on the need for a skilled workforce in Iowa and talked about how Elevate Advanced Manufacturing is a key partner in the state's Future Ready Iowa initiative. The Lt. Governor also promoted ABI in interviews with several local news outlets. 

Legislators and state officials meet with ABI members
Members of the Iowa Legislature also attended the ABI conference in Sioux City. Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (R-Council Bluffs), chairwoman of the House Economic Growth Committee; Rep. David Sieck (R-Glenwood); Rep. Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), who is ranking member the House Appropriations Committee, and former Speaker of the House Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha), all visited with members during the event.  Keep reading...

Local minimum wage talks in spotlight
The minimum wage has increased twice in Johnson County as outlined in a plan approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors last fall. So far, the increases have not been challenged.  In the meantime, other counties in Iowa have explored implementing a minimum wage. Keep reading...

Public hearing on antidegradation
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m., June 29 to take comments on the proposed rulemaking related to Iowa's water quality and the antidegradation rule. ABI has supported the rule, which you can read about  here. Now we need members to contact the DNR and ask them to support the rule either by attending the hearing and/or submitting written comments in support of the rule changes. Contact Jessica Harder,, to find out how to participate in next week's meeting or to submit written comments. Read online.

Property tax credit applications due July 1
Did you purchase a new commercial or industrial property this year? Have you taken advantage of the business property tax credit after it passed in 2013? Don't forget you must have your application to the county assessor by July 1, 2016. If you have already filed for this credit, you do not need to refile.  Click here for the document and more information. 

ABI's PAC Board to meet July 22
The ABI PAC Board will meet July 22 to consider "Friend of Iowa Business" endorsements. ABI PAC board members and public policy staff have been meeting with candidates and legislators to get additional information on who will best support pro-jobs policies in the Iowa legislature for 2017. Keep reading...

Workforce Information Advisory Council to meet
The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold its inaugural meeting on July 13 and 14 at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Training and Conference Center in Washington, DC. The full meeting announcement can be viewed  here . The WIAC is an important federal advisory council because the committee may recommend new reporting requirements for employers to be used in the evaluation of workforce programs. Keep reading...

Register now for the 2016 ABI Executive Open!

The 2016 ABI Executive Open will take place Aug. 29 at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Register now!

From the Desk of...John Gilliland, The Gilliland Group at Morgan Stanley

Your Annual Review Checklist

Preparing for an annual financial review may be easier with a checklist to help you focus on important matters. With that in mind, here is a list of key considerations that you may want to discuss with your financial advisor.


Do I need to rebalance my asset allocation? Depending on the performance of your investments, you may want to examine whether your mix of stocks, bonds, cash, and other assets is close to your target. If you have not reviewed your portfolio lately, you may be surprised at what you find. It's possible that your current asset allocation has changed quite a bit since the last time you checked, due to the different performance of the various investments in your portfolio.1 If that's the case, or if your outlook has changed, it may be time to readjust. Keep reading...

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