Exploring Iowa’s Manufacturing Landscape and ABI’s Advocacy Efforts

September 11, 2023 | Manufacturing packs punch in Iowa's economy Chad Reece, Vice Chair, ABI,

This edition of Business Monthly focuses on the state of manufacturing in Iowa. It provides a great opportunity to note that ABI’s annual Iowa Manufacturing Conference and Legends in Manufacturing Awards will be held next month in Ankeny, on October 4th. These events celebrate and highlight Iowa manufacturing and include terrific programming and networking opportunities. Please go to www.iowaabi.org/abimfg to find out more and register to attend. 

Another vital issue at ABI right now is the association’s public policy work. The most important part of these efforts is the strong participation by ABI members in developing and advocating for policies that help Iowa businesses grow

When the annual policy development process is completed at this month’s board meeting, hundreds of members will have participated in one or more policy meetings throughout the state. This is terrific participation, and it sets the stage for the real work that follows including communicating with state administrators and elected officials of both parties across Iowa.

ABI has been fortunate to have some of the best public policy experts as staff members over the years and the current team is no exception. As good as the team is, it is the active participation by you and your fellow ABI members that is the key to ABI’s award-winning public policy success over the past several decades.

Legislators and state officials want to hear from you on issues that you feel are important. They want to see your operations, meet your employees, and learn about your business. They want to support policies that will help you grow your business and create jobs. The best way to help them do that is to personally engage and even invite them to your facilities. When you reach out, you are creating awareness of issues important to you and building relationships that can help advance ABI’s public policy agenda. 

Thank you for your strong participation in ABI’s policy work and thank you in advance for your work with your legislative delegation.