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July 23, 2016

Spotlighting Exceptional Field Workers During Construction Week

During Construction Week, Master Builders of Iowa will be shining the spotlight on exceptional field workers on social media and in our communication pieces.  We are asking our members to submit your exceptional field staff to have the spotlight on them during Construction Week.  We will be posting all submissions sporadically throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.

Get Involved with Local Schools to Promote Construction Week

The purpose of Construction Week is to promote community awareness of the construction industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  The concept of Construction Week was developed by the 2016 MB EYE on the Future leadership class as they looked for ways to attract more individuals to the construction industry to help alleviate the labor shortage.  Construction Week is an opportunity for those in the construction industry to reach out to their local schools in an effort to educate students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators about the commercial construction industry and the opportunities for great careers within it. 

Register Now for the Annual MBI Regional Membership Meetings

We would like to invite you and members of your firm to attend a local area MBI Regional Membership Meeting, coming to a location near you!  These meetings are luncheon programs for the membership held annually in different locations around the state to introduce new initiatives, services and provide important membership updates and reports.  Members can enjoy lunch and informative conversations over their lunch hour at no charge!

Recent Changes to Sales and Use Taxes - What is the New Rule and Its Impact?

By Cindy Lande and Brian Rickert
Brown Winick Law Firm - Des Moines, Iowa

During the last legislative session, the Iowa Legislature passed, and Governor Branstad signed, House File 2433 into law.  HF 2433 addressed a number of tax-related issues, including certain rules regarding sales tax exemptions for manufacturers.  One of these changes may impact how contractors collect and pay sales tax on large manufacturing facility projects and consumables for those projects. 

It’s Not Too Late to Pull the Trigger on a Sporting Clay Sponsorship!

There are sponsorship offerings available for MBI’s 4th Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic.  Like many of MBI’s programs, the Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic brings together construction professionals from throughout the state for some great construction camaraderie.  Last year’s events saw 125 shooters, combining to raise nearly $25,000 for the MBI-PAC and our continued efforts to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.  The event has grown in registrations each year and has already become a highly anticipated annual offering by MBI.

Construction Spending Slips in May but Rises for First Five Months of 2016, With Robust Year-to-Date Increases in Monst Private and Public Categories

Construction spending dipped in May but posted strong, broad-based gains for the first five months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction spending gains come amid signs that contractors are having an increasingly hard time finding qualified workers to hire.

Sign Up Now for the Free Members-Only Webinar Presented by Caterpillar Safety Services

Where fear of reprisal exists, safety improvement is doomed. Frontline employees will not engage in safety if they believe their input will lead only to discipline or other negative repercussions. Starting in 2013, five of Caterpillar’s re-manufacturing facilities in Corinth, MS, tackled the “fear factor” that was impeding employee involvement in safety.

Limited Space Remains for the 17th Annual MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker

The Construction Golf Classic and Smoker is set for Monday, August 1, 2016, with a change in venue - Wakonda Club, Des Moines.  The event sells out consistently at 152 golfers and only 2 golfing spots remain.  We will begin a waiting list for placement for if we receive any cancellations after the roster is full.  If you would like to register, please contact Laurie Delmott at ldelmott@mbionline.com / (515) 657-4383.

Start Planning Now to Celebrate the 1st Annual Construction Week!

We are excited to announce the launch of the first Construction Week celebration – October 3 – 7, 2016!  The concept of Construction Week was developed by the 2016 MB EYE on the Future leadership class as they looked for ways to attract more individuals to the construction industry to help alleviate the labor shortage.  The purpose of Construction Week is to promote community awareness of the construction industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  Construction Week is an opportunity for those in the construction industry to reach out to their local schools in an effort to inform students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators on the commercial construction industry and the opportunities for great careers within it. 

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