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January 07, 2016 
ABI News

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January 13 Board Meeting (Invite Only)
Embassy Suites, Des Moines
Jan. 13, 2016

Legislative Briefing and Reception
Embassy Suites, Des Moines

2016 Critical Business Update
Sioux City

Connecting Statewide Leaders

2016 Critical Business Updates

Iowa Business Day on the Hill
ABI Office | 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

Legislative Briefing and Reception is next Wednesday

More than 300 people have registered for this annual event, which takes place at the Downtown Embassy Suites on Jan. 13. There is still time to register. Click here to see others who are attending. You can register online or by phone at 515-280-8000.

ABI Environment Committee meets Jan. 14
The first meeting of the 2016 year will be held at John Deere Financial in Johnston, on Thur. Jan. 14 at 10:00 a.m. Jim McGraw with the Department of Natural Resources' Air Quality Bureau will update the committee about the new fees and what changes to expect from DNR. A full agenda is planned and lunch will be served. If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by  Friday, Jan. 8 to Michelle Vollstedt at or 515-235-0561. 

Gov. Branstad announces water quality funding plan
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack joined Gov. Terry Branstad for a bipartisan press conference focused on increasing funding for water quality improvements in Iowa. Keep reading...

Take the uncertainty out of the Caucus process
The Iowa Caucuses are less than one month away and many groups, including ABI, are making a final push to encourage Iowans to participate. The caucuses can be intimidating because they are unlike regular elections and only happen once every four years. Help your employees feel more confident about how to participate by sharing these how-to videos from the Iowa Caucus Toolkit. Click here to access the toolkit. 

Federal Spotlight: Federal regulations take center stage
For many U.S. presidents, the final year of the presidency typically includes attempts to pass regulatory change. President Barack Obama is no different.   Keep reading...  

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From the Desk of...Mike Ralston, ABI

January a busy time at ABI

This is a busy time of year for most ABI members. It is a busy time at the ABI office as well.
The 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly convenes Monday. Because of that, next week is particularly full. In addition to the work that will be in store for ABI's lobbying team, the ABI Board of Directors also has work to do.

The board will meet Wednesday, as will the ABI Executive Committee. And, ABI's second-largest event of the year will take place next Wednesday evening.

That event is the annual ABI Legislative Reception. One of the most popular events of its kind in the state, it will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Des Moines' East Village. More than 500 people, including state officials and legislators, led by Gov. Terry Branstad, will join ABI members from across Iowa and beyond. On behalf of ABI Chair Paul Gregoire and our other officers, I hope you will attend as well. It's not too late. Click here to register.  Keep reading...
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Did you miss the Monday Memo from ABI President Mike Ralston? For the most recent memo click  here.

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