April 24, 2018

Throw Away the Playbook for 2016 Elections

As you try to decipher what exactly transpired during this past primary season, please know that you are not alone.  Political pundits and the talking heads are having problems explaining what and how it happened and have no precedent from which to draw upon as we near this coming election season.  Even the statehouse candidates aren’t sure what sort of impact the top of the ticket will have on the ballot. 

Celebrate the Construction Industry 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.

Iowa Supreme Court Expands Contractors' Potential Liability for Violation of City Ordinances

By Stephen D. Marso
Whitfield & Eddy Law

On June 24, 2016, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a decision expanding contractors’ potential liability for violation of city ordinances. The case is set in the context of a landlord-tenant personal-injury dispute, but its ruling affects the Iowa construction industry.

Fundraising Time of Year for MBI-PAC

The Master Builders of Iowa works tirelessly to represent the interests of Iowa’s construction industry at the Iowa Capitol as well as the local level (county, city and school).  In this role, MBI’s public affairs program is unique in its unwavering support of Iowa’s construction industry.  Likewise, an integral part of this lobbying effort is the MBI-PAC.  As you know, the MBI-PAC is an important tool to MBI’s public affairs program and complements our constant presence at the Iowa Capitol and at the local level.  We ask today that you join in with your construction colleagues by contributing to the MBI-PAC.


The purpose of Construction Week is to promote community awareness of the construction industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  It is easy to get involved in promoting Construction Week as a company and individually!  Use resources that we have created to promote Construction Week on social media – we’re all in this together!

Increase Brand Awareness in the Industry by Advertising in the Construction Update Newspaper!

The Construction Update Plan Room Network coverage extends across Iowa, Western Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and other selected areas of nearby states.   Each week, the Construction Update Newspaper is delivered to over 2,000 general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, architects and engineers.  The paper provides project details, bidder’s lists, cost estimates, design team information, bid results, award information and many other specifics related to currently bidding projects. In addition to information on currently bidding projects, our Construction Update newspaper also contains a monthly “Project Leads” section which details over 800 “future projects” that are in various stages of design leading up to the bidding process.

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. 

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.

How Are You Planning to Celebrate the 1st Annual Construction Week?!

The first annual Construction Week celebration is set for October 3 – 7, 2016!  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.  It is easy to get involved in promoting Construction Week as a compa