August 1, 2019
Gov. Reynolds Announces Future Ready Iowa Employer Summits
On Monday, Gov. Reynolds  announced  27 public-private partnership events will take place from September 4 to November 1 to help close the skills gap and build on Iowa’s skilled workforce moving into the future. The Future Ready Iowa Summits will feature presentations about hiring and retraining, collaborating with community partners, and upskilling current employees. ABI is proud to partner with Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Business Council in hosting these events around the state. Read more .

Employer Innovation Fund and Last-Dollar Scholarship Applications Due Today
Today is the deadline for submitting applications for the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship and Employer Innovation Fund. ABI strongly advocated for them, and the Legislature allocated just over $13 million for the Last-Dollar Scholarship and $1.2 million for the Employer Innovation Fund during the 2019 legislative session. The  Last-Dollar Scholarship  is available for Iowans who are new high school graduates ... Read more .

Tele-town Hall with Gov. Reynolds on USMCA Tonight
ABI invites you to take part in a tele-town hall with Gov. Reynolds on trade. The event will take place this evening at 6:30 CST. Gov. Reynolds has been a champion on this issue as she’s been a strong advocate for the ratification of the USMCA, which will benefit manufacturers across the state and the country. ABI has played an active role in urging passage of the USMCA, from working with our national partners like the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to contacting our Congressional Delegation, to penning joint op-eds.  Register  for this unique town hall.

Polk County Local Option Sales Tax Election Next Week
Residents of five Polk County cities will cast ballots on a new local option sales tax next Tuesday, August 6. Those who live in Johnston, Bondurant, Grimes and the Polk County sides of Urbandale and Clive will head to the polls in five days to decide whether to enact a one-cent local option sales tax. If the tax is approved, depending on the community, the revenue will go toward offsetting property tax funded budget items, funding city projects and improving public safety. Read more .

Public Policy Meetings Start Next Week
ABI’s public policy process for 2020 will officially kick off next Tuesday with the  Workplace and Product Safety Committee  policy meeting at ABI. On Wednesday, the  Employment and Workforce Committee  will meet. The following week, the  Environment Committee , the  Economic Growth Committee  and the  Tax Committee  will meet. With more than 175 ABI members already registered and a great slate of guest speakers lined up, you certainly won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to influence what ABI’s public policies and legislative priorities will be for the new year.

Department of Revenue Proposes Rules 
The Department of Revenue has submitted Notices of Intended Action for two rules that affect ABI member companies. The first is ARC 4561C, a rule that changes the filing requirements for W-2 and 1099 forms to extend the filing deadline to Feb. 15 and only requires filing when a tax has been withheld. Read the  rule . If you have feedback on the language, please contact  Nicole Crain  by August 16. The second rule relates to the sales tax exemption for commercial enterprise as passed in the 2018 legislative session. Read more .

Federal Spotlight: Democrat Presidential Candidates Discuss Wide Range of Issues
Twenty of the 25 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President debated over the course of two nights in Detroit this week. The candidates spent a vast amount of time debating healthcare, immigration, gun violence, climate change, trade/tariffs and income taxes. Some of the sharpest divides between the candidates included “Medicare for All” and decriminalizing illegal crossings on the southern border. The next debates will take place in September. Read more .

Federal Spotlight: Grassley Town Meetings Next Week
Sen. Chuck Grassley will hold two town hall meetings next week following this week’s Senate adjournment for August recess. Sen. Grassley will be in Early, in Sac County, on Monday, August 5. He’ll be in Aurelia, in Cherokee County, on Tuesday, August 6. The town meetings are open to the public and the media, and are a great opportunity for citizens to ask the senator any question. This is Sen. Grassley’s 39th year of holding meetings in all 99 counties. Get  meeting details .
Reserve Your Room Now
Hotel rooms for ABI's annual conference sell out faster and faster each year. It's not too early to book your room for the 2020 Taking Care of Business Conference, June 9-11, in Cedar Rapids. A discount code is available for the host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton, as well as two additional hotels, The Hotel at Kirkwood and Marriott Cedar Rapids. For the discount code, go to the Taking Care of Business Conference webpage and select the "Hotels" tab. Conference attendees are responsible for making their reservation and paying for their own hotel accommodations.
Employees Staying in the Workplace Longer Affects Organizational Culture
Kathy Joblinske
Executive Vice President
Iowa Manpower

It seems almost unbelievable, but there are five generations currently contributing in the national workforce. The economic downturn that affected the nation in 2008 and the tendency for people to stay healthy and live longer are delaying retirement for many, in favor of working longer. Today, many workplaces are composed of five generations ... Read more .
McKee, Voorhees & Sease to Host IP Business Basics Course on Sept. 12
Whether you are an entrepreneur in the making, a principal investigator or student at any level who wants a better grasp of the basics, or an aspiring technology transfer professional, this course will give you the tools to understand and participate effectively in the process of protecting IP and facilitating its commercialization. The course is Sept. 12, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at McKee, Voorhees & Sease in Des Moines. Learn more .

Greater Des Moines Residents Encouraged to Take Connectedness Survey
Does Greater Des Moines (DSM) have what you need to thrive personally and professionally? Are there ways your quality of life and sense of purpose can be improved? The Greater Des Moines Partnership is conducting a survey to help determine how connected our residents are to the community at large. Please consider taking 10 minutes to complete the survey. Thank you for taking the time to help make our region a better place to live, work and thrive.