December 4, 2016

Government Affairs

As the dust settled and all votes were counted on Election Night 2016, we knew that there was a shift in power, but had no idea as to the extent.  Starting at the top of the ticket, the presidential election was one that caught most everyone (except those in the Trump camp) by surprise.  Candidate Trump was able to connect with voters who were fed up with the status quo and wanted something different, regardless of what “different” looked like.  Likewise, down the ticket voters opted for a change for whatever reason.  Regardless to say, the results were beyond what any pundit could have predicted.

Here you will find information pertaining to the public affairs efforts of MBI. A majority of our Government Affairs agenda consists of lobbying efforts. However, you will see that other components consist of coalition efforts, communications and our political action committee (i.e. MBI-PAC). MBI is seen as one of the premiere business associations in the state. This is made evident not only from MBI's presence at the State Capitol, but also at the county, city, and local levels. MBI's government affairs program is focused on an agenda that is pro-business and pro-construction. Our efforts advocate the prudent use of taxpayers' dollars in the procurement of public projects, as well as, maintaining the integrity of the construction industry as a vital role in commerce. MBI's Lobbying Team is led by Chad Kleppe, who has been heading up MBI’s public affairs efforts for over 15 years.  Also, MBI recently added Julie A. Smith to complement our overall strategy at the Capitol. These two individuals ensure that MBI has a full time presence at the Iowa Capitol, as well as an ever increasing presence at local governmental levels. 

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