April 24, 2018

The MBI and BirdDogHR Partnership is a Combined Effort to Recruit Workers to the Industry and Close the Skills Gap for Members

One year ago, BirdDogHR™, the leader in talent management solutions for the construction, engineering and skilled trades industries, and the leading building contractors association in Iowa – Master Builders of Iowa (MBI), chapter of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the creation of a new career site targeting workers for the Iowa Building Construction Industry. The MBI Job Board offers an easy way for career seekers to locate and apply for jobs in the building construction industry.

MBI Members Are Able to Post Job Openings at No Cost

Has your company taken advantage of the MBI Job Board that is offered to our members at no cost?  Posting a job opening on the MBI Job Board is a great way to advertise your available positions to candidates interested in the construction industry.  Through a partnership with BirdDogHR, MBI created an online job board for the construction industry.  The job board is not housed on MBI’s website, but can be found at   The site is being advertised to our education and state partners, including high schools, community colleges, 4-year institutions and Iowa Workforce Development. 

Reports have shown that a great deal of the visitors to the MBI Job Board are younger individuals that may be looking for entry level and/or internship opportunities.  We encourage all members to post entry level opportunities if you are looking for new talent, straight out of high school!

Only MBI members can post career and internship opportunities on the job board that is available to anyone looking to find a position in the industry.  If you are new to the Job Board, simply go to to get started.  Once on the site, click on the Employer Registration button that is in the middle of the page.  Fill out your company information and hit submit to begin the process.  Your information will then be sent to MBI to confirm that you are a member of the Association.  Once the approval process is completed, you will be contacted by BirdDogHR to get your company profile ready to start posting jobs!

Here at MBI, we understand that recruiting is a huge undertaking for MBI members and we hope that the job board can be an additional resource for your firm to find the labor force and leaders you are looking for.  If you have any questions, please contact Micah Loveless at (515) 657-4398 or

Vote Pro-Business, Pro-Construction

Come Tuesday, November 8th, people across Iowa will be asked to make a selection of who they want serving in the White House, the US Capitol, the Iowa Capitol, the county courthouse and city hall.  From now until then, the evening news will report new polling data, showing candidate A leading candidate B by X points with a margin of error of + or – 4 percent.  However, as many in politics say – the only poll that matters is the one done on Election Day.

THANK YOU to Those Who Submitted Their Exceptional Field Workers to Be Spotlighted!

We want to thank all the companies who participated in Construction Week by submitting their Exceptional Field Workers to be highlighted!  During Construction Week, we spotlighted 101 exceptional field workers on social media!  This group of Exceptional Field Workers can also be found on our website – CLICK HERE to access the listing.  In addition to the social media and online coverage, we will be highlighting all of the Exceptional Field Worker submissions in the winter edition of the InsideMBI magazine.

Don’t Forget……Construction Week is More Than a Week-Long Event

Ask any contractor what keeps them up at night and 9 times out of 10 they will answer with something related to their ability to attract the next generation workforce. The shortage of workers in the skilled trades is high, and will continue to grow in the years to come. This shortage has the potential to be a game changer in the construction industry, which is why Master Builders of Iowa is undertaking a new campaign to create excitement about our industry. This effort was kicked off with Governor Branstad proclaiming the first week of October as Construction Week in 2016.

Top Quality Information

The Iowa construction industry is certainly not short on options for commercial construction project information. But did you know that not all project information systems were created equal?

Here at the Construction Update Network, project information is our business and we have studied it thoroughly.

Construction Week Was a Success!

We want to THANK everyone for a SUCCESSFUL first annual Construction Week!  The purpose of Construction Week was to increase the awareness and dialogue about the great career opportunities available in our industry.  After the hundreds of posts on social media, articles published, schools visited and television interviews done, I think it is safe to say that we successfully made many more members of our communities aware of what the construction industry has to offer!

The numbers below are some figures from just the MBI Facebook account.  These do not include all of the reach that was made through other companies and individuals posting about Construction Week.  

  • 187,680 – Reach (the number of people our posts reached during Construction Week)
  • 7,707 – Engagements (the number of times people engaged in our posts during Construction Week through likes, comments, shares, etc.)
  • 496 – Video Views

We have put together a photo gallery on the MBI website of the many posts and photos that were done during Construction Week by MBI and a multitude of companies and individuals connected to the construction industry.  You can view the gallery by following this link –

Thank you again, and remember, Construction Week is more than a week-long event, it is a year-round commitment to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available in the construction industry.

The 2017 Construction Week will be celebrated October 2 - 6, 2017!


4th Annual Sporting Clay Events Were a HUGE Success!

We want to thank all of the sponsors and everyone that participated in this year's sporting clay events!  We had over 150 shooters and were able to raise over $32,000 for the MBI-PAC, which will be put to good use during this election cycle. CLICK HERE to view more photos!We want to thank all of the sponsors and everyone that participated in this year's sporting clay events!  We had over 150 shooters and were able to raise over $32,000 for the MBI-PAC, which will be put to good use during this election cycle. CLICK HERE to view more photos!

What Employees Want: 5 Trends to Retain the Best Workforce

By Bryan May
VP of Business Development

Is your retention strategy standing up against the competition? Retaining employees in today’s workforce is critical. Once you find them, it’s time to start working toward retaining them. Employee retention is ongoing and starts the day you hire them and lasts until the day they retire. Learn how many successful construction companies are retaining their best workforce.

What is the Master Builder Designation Program?

The Master Builder Designation is a program that was started by Master Builders of Iowa just prior to the 2012-13 training season.  The notion of the program is to encourage employees of MBI firms to strive for lifelong learning in the construction industry by granting credits for each course or program attended.

Credits are awarded in the areas of Leadership, Project Management, Ecological Construction, Ethics, and Safety with virtually every education program that MBI offers providing credits in one or more of these critical areas.  The Master Builder Designation is earned when an individual reaches 150 credits.

Upon completion of the 150 credits, the individual will be recognized at the next Annual Winter Conference.  In addition, Master Builders of Iowa has worked with artists and designers to create a unique award to denote the significance of this accomplishment that will be presented to recipients at the Annual Winter Conference.

All you have to do is fill out the application form to start tracking your credits for the Master Builder Designation.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Fulcher at (515) 657-4395 or

CLICK HERE to view the Master Builder Designation brochure

CLICK HERE for the application 

What is Your Emergency? What is Your Plan?

None of us want to start a phone conversation with “911 operator what is your emergency?," but as a police officer for more than 20 years, I’ve been dispatched to many 911 calls that have come in from individuals and companies who are experiencing some type of emergency. Many of the times when I arrived at the scene of one of these emergencies, I found that the people involved were not properly prepared for such an event. In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. That’s the reason it is becoming more important for each one of us to prepare ahead of time and have some type of an emergency action plan in place.

Help Students Explore Careers in Construction with

It is no secret that Iowa’s commercial construction industry is rising at a record-setting pace. This has been great for our members, but a rapid expansion in work often equates to a few growing pains, as is the case with our industry’s current workforce shortage.  In response to our members’ consistent demand for growth in our industry’s labor force, MBI has put together a plan to bring awareness to this need, and give our members the necessary tools to recruit the talent they need to move their companies forward.

Two-Thirds of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand, National Survey Finds

Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they pay and operate to cope, but warned that labor shortages could undermine broader economic growth and called for new workforce measures to improve the pipeline for recruiting and training new craft workers.