March 21, 2018

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.

Iowa House Water Quality Bill Diverts $232 Million from RIIF

Legislative Focus
April 8, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 13


Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee added an amendment to HF 2451, a water quality funding bill, that would scoop $232 million over the next 13 years from RIIF for cost-share of various nutrient management practices such as buffer and filter strips.  MBI has registered against the bill and is working to try and find a different funding source.  The bill is scheduled for debate on Monday.

MBI Safety Awards Recognize Company and Individual Safety Efforts

Two of MBI’s contracting companies and two individuals were honored at the Master Builders of Iowa’s 104th Annual Winter Conference for their exceptional efforts in construction safety.  The awards below are given annually and encourage and recognize significant achievements in work place safety. The process solicits the best practices in accident prevention and promotes the sharing of the industry’s best achievements to advance safety at all levels.  Start planning now to nominate your company for next year’s safety awards!

Why Should Our Company Have a Written Code of Ethical Conduct?

The primary purpose of a code of ethical conduct is to provide an organization with a clear benchmark for ethical behavior.  A formal, well-communicated code of ethics can help to protect a company's reputation and legal standing in the event of an unethical action by an individual employee.  Last year’s MB EYE on the Future class undertook a project that focused on the issues surrounding ethical conduct in the construction industry. 

House Republicans Offer Water Quality Financing Plan

Legislative Focus
April 1, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 12

This week, the House Republicans offered up HSB 654, which would change the 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.  When all said and done, the excise tax would generate nearly $28 million in yearly revenues for drinking water and wastewater upgrades.

Plain Language Explanations of Environmental Rules for the Construction Industry

Numerous federal and state environmental regulations impact the construction industry. Most construction companies seek outside support to understand and comply with the numerous and complex rules.  The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) is your source for plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry.

House and Senate Agree to State Supplemental Aid Levels

Legislative Focus
March 25, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 11

In what is usually one of the most contentious issues at the Iowa Capitol, the House and Senate leaders have finally agreed to a funding level increase of 2.25 percent for schools for the new fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2016.  In total, this level equates to $138 million dollars and gobbles up 87 percent of the available new revenue projections for FY 2017.  There will also be some appropriations that will provide for the teacher leadership program.