April 29, 2016

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.

AGC of America’s 2016 Contractors Environmental Conference Will Be in Washington, DC, This October

AGC will hold its fifth Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) on October 5-6, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The CEC is a yearly management, leadership and technology-focused conference that zeros in on the most critical environmental issues impacting today’s construction professionals. Past attendees agree that this one-of-a-kind program provides contractors with the information and resources to meet environmental requirements, sustainability initiatives, and remain competitive in the marketplace. Mark your calendar, registration will be opening soon.

Upcoming Training Season and Your Master Builder Designation Goal!

As MBI members around the state are working on building great projects, our staff and volunteer leaders are working to build an awesome training season. This season will provide a host of great educational opportunities throughout the state, including trainings for programs such as MB EYE on the Future, The Leadership Experience, Cornerstone Academy, Project Manager / Supervisor High Performing Leadership Series, and the Annual Winter Conference.  In addition, MBI will offer courses as part of our Training–on–Demand approach to allow member firms to request training courses.

ConsensusDOCS - Construction Contracts Built by Consensus

All parties in a construction project deserve to work under a fair contract – one in which their interests are represented during the drafting process. ConsensusDOCS contracts are developed by a coalition of 38 leading industry associations representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers and sureties. ConsensusDOCS contracts protect the best interests of the project rather than a singular party, yielding better project results and fewer disputes.

Join Iowa’s Commercial Contracting Association and Receive a $300 Coupon Towards Training!

All firms joining MBI from now until the end of June will receive a $300 coupon good towards a one time use on education and/or safety training conducted by MBI.  The coupon can be redeemed towards training at the Winter Conference and the Project Manager/Supervisor Series.  Other seminars may be added in the course of the year that would qualify for coupon use.  (Does not include the Leadership Experience, MB EYE on the Future or Cornerstone Academy.)  

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.

Steve Siemens has 11 Tips for Working with the Millennial Workforce

MBI will be holding a complimentary webinar on May 3rd for MBI members only.  We started with the “traditionalists,” then moved to the “baby boomers,” then introduced the “generation X’ers” and now we have the “millennials.” Each group brought their unique style, unique challenges and rocked the boat in their time.  The boomers and generation X’ers find it challenging to work with, lead and direct the millennials. The millennials find it even more challenging fitting into the molds, traditions and styles of the past. How do you work effectively with these generations?

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.