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May 6, 2016

AGC Bookstore May Special: Save 20% on AGC's Construction State Law Matrix

The Construction State Law Matrix is the most comprehensive and concise resource available for locating information on state laws affecting public and private construction projects. Updated annually by AGC and the nationally recognized law firm of Smith, Currie, and Hancock, LLP, your annual subscription provides access to searchable information and answers for all fifty states, DC, and Puerto Rico.

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We are pleased to inform you that MBI is also on LinkedIn! We encourage you to follow us by clicking HERE in order to stay up-to-date with what is going on at MBI and in Iowa's commercial construction industry.

MBI has been increasing our fanbase on Twitter and Facebook this past year! If you choose to "Like" us on Facebook, you will know when we post special deals, announcements, legislative updates and photos of our events and classes. We also hold a monthly drawing from our Facebook fans for a $25 gift card!

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Project Pre-Qualification and Training Vault!

Master Builders of Iowa recently released the MBI Training Vault as an online education and training credential tracking tool that is a free service for MBI member firms and their employees.  In addition to all of the outstanding tracking features of Training Vault, we have built in a component that assists MBI members with their project pre-qualification process as it relates to the education, training, and safety of the their workforce.

Notice to Bidder Changes Go into Effect on July 1, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Governor Terry E. Branstad signed SF 2170, which amends the notice to bidder timeframe provisions of Iowa Code Section 26.3.  The new law will increase the estimating time between a notice to bidders being published to when a public owner can actually set a bid letting date.  Effective July 1, 2016, a notice to bidders shall be “posted” at least once, not less than 13 days and not more than 45 days before the date for the bid letting.  Previously, the timeframe was 4 days and 45 days.

MBI is now accepting nominations for the 13th MB EYE on the Future class!

MB EYE on the Future is an important initiative for sustaining leadership in the association and in the construction industry in Iowa.  This leadership program combines essential educational programs each month, as well as networking with past, present and future leaders across the state of Iowa. Over 185 graduates throughout the last twelve years have sparked a new level of member participation in the organization.

Construction Employment Increases in 244 out of 358 Metro Areas Between March 2015 and 2016 as Many Areas Benefit from Growing Project Demand

Construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 44 and declined in 70 between March 2015 and March 2016, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new figures show that the construction sector, in most parts of the country, continues to recover from its years-long downturn.

Become an Essential Partner of MBI and the Commercial Construction Industry!

The Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are those companies who support MBI’s programs and events. Through the exclusive Essential Partners recognition program, MBI strives to recognize our industry supporters, while adding value to those companies’ sponsorship dollars who take leadership roles in sponsoring MBI events and educational opportunities

AGC-backed Suit to Block Fed's New Silica Rule to be Heard in D.C. Circuit Court

Court officials announced in mid-April that the AGC of America backed lawsuit to block the Obama administration’s misguided new silica rule will be heard in the D.C. Circuit Court.  AGC, via the Louisiana AGC, filed suit in the 5th Circuit earlier in April to block the measure, arguing that the administration established a new standard that is beyond the technological limits of current dust removal equipment. 

Get More Involved in Your Industry – Join a Committee!

MBI is fortunate to have a significant number of individuals who are willing to devote their time, talent and expertise to the Association and give back to the industry in a productive and meaningful way.  The MBI committee system is the backbone of the Association and is responsible for generating the many services, new ideas and policies that reflect the desires and needs of an ever changing industry.  Committee members travel from all over the state to participate in meetings designed to inform and produce programs and services that reflect the needs of the membership.

No Time to Wait for Classroom Training?

We have you covered.  Members of MBI are eligible to receive a discount on online education courses available from ClickSafety. Online education is becoming a very popular option for many contractors because it is convenient and less expensive than sending an employee to a classroom education session. All it takes is an internet connection and a desktop, laptop or tablet. There are courses for safety, management, transportation and human resources. The courses can be started and stopped as the student’s time allows. Certificates of completion are also available.

Legislature Working to Wrap Up Session

Legislative Focus
April 22, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 15

Though it would have been a stretch, some were thinking that the House and Senate could have been able to put the final touches on the 2016 Legislative Session.  Not surprisingly, a few bumps in the road to adjournment has extended the session.  If all goes well…that is IF….they should be able to complete work next week.  Keep your fingers crossed.

House Passes Water Quality Bill that Scoops $232 million from RIIF

Legislative Focus
April 15, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 14

By a vote of 65-33, the Iowa House passed HF 2451, a bill that would fund various water quality initiatives.  The bill would change the current sales tax on metered water to an excise tax of 6 percent. This would designate revenues generated by the excise tax to a water quality infrastructure fund.  Eligibility of projects for $500,000 grants would expand to included drinking water facilities and upgrading wastewater treatment plants. 

The Master Builders of Iowa and United Fire Group Program - From an Agent's Perspective

As an active member of the Master Builders of Iowa, I see many benefits to my membership and feel I receive great value from the organization in exchange for my dollars and time. I have been privileged to serve on several committees within MBI, including serving on the Board of Directors and Associate Council.  I have also attended MB EYE on the Future and always look forward to the many conventions and educational sessions that contractors can take advantage of throughout the year.

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