Construction Industry Adds 22,000 Jobs in July as Sector's Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.5 Percent

New government data today show the uneven nature of the construction industry's recovery, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that uncertainty about federal funding for a range of infrastructure and construction programs is one reason for the uneven recovery.

"Construction employment and spending are both rising at a moderate year-over-year clip, but there have been some setbacks," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "While prospects for private construction remain largely favorable, inadequate public investment still threatens to keep too many workers idle."

Bidding and Project Procurement

Project procurement in the public sector for the state of Iowa is based on a design / bid / build process, in which the lowest responsible AND responsive bidder is awarded the contract.  Iowa’s competitive bidding laws for public projects have withstood a century of scrutiny and challenges and the Master Builders of Iowa has a long history of working with public owners and contractor-members in keeping the public procurement process free of political favoritism, corruption, cronyism and graft.  Establishing a strong competitive bidding law aids public owners and contractors in the award of contracts, but the biggest benefactor is the Iowa tax payer, who gets a project of high quality and value.

This portion of the website will focus on bidding and project procurement.  You can access the Iowa Code and those chapters that deal with competitive bidding for each respective public owner.  You will also find information on other laws the assist the public project procurement process. 

MBI is unmatched in its expertise on Iowa’s competitive bidding laws and MBI members and public owners are encouraged to draw upon the years of experience MBI has in the arena of project procurement.

Kelly Baier

Bradley & Riley PC.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Chad Kleppe

Director of Public Affairs
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Brian Rickert

Brown Winick Law Firm
Des Moines, IA

John Templer

Whitfield & Eddy, PLC
West Des Moines, IA

Scott Norvell

President / CEO
(515) 657-4381