February 19, 2017

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There is Still Time to Register for the Annual Winter Conference!

Actually, there isn’t even a deadline for registering for the conference.  However, there are certain classes that are nearing their seating capacity that will most likely be closed by the time the conference begins.  It is also important to note that the Masters Awards Luncheon is SOLD OUT, and it is likely that the Safety Awards Breakfast will also sell out before the conference.  It is always better to register in advance so that you are more likely to get in to what you choose. 

A Look Back at 2016

We are happy to report that 2016 was a year of many successes.  We saw record attendance in nearly every program and event that was held and there were many new initiatives that were rolled out throughout the year.  The 2016 Annual Report is now available online for review and we encourage you to take a few minutes to see what took place this past year!

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.)  

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!


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

Dollar for Dollar - A Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

In an effort to continue its leadership and support of the programs at ISU and UNI, the volunteer leaders of the MBI Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee are proud to announce a scholarship fundraising campaign that will dedicate Association funds to students of these fine institutions.  The MBI Board of Directors has made a commitment to a “dollar for dollar match,” up to $500,000, for funds raised during this scholarship campaign, which will conclude on December 31, 2015.

The ACE Mentor Program Needs Local Volunteers

The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa (ACE C-IA) is an affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America.  Celebrating its tenth year, ACE C-IA has served over 800 students, utilized over 160 industry mentors, and has worked with over 60 construction related firms.  In addition, ACE C-IA has awarded 57 scholarships for a total of $114,000 to students participating in Central Iowa through the generous donations by local architecture, construction and engineering firms.  The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa was recognized as an exemplary STEM Program by Governor Branstad’s STEM Advisory Counc


The 2015 Build Iowa Award was bestowed to Jim Simmons of Russell Construction Co., Davenport, Iowa, at the Build Iowa Breakfast as part of the Annual Winter Conference.  Inspired by the MBI motto, the Build Iowa Award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the tenets of our organization:  skill, integrity and responsibility.  The honorees are judged by the manner in which they have performed within the construction industry, as well as their communities.

Jim is a past member of the MBI Board of Directors, having served as Chairman in 2003.  He served and chaired numerous committees at the Master Builders of Iowa including the following:  Government Affairs Committee; MBI Board of Regents Liaison Committee; the Iowa Construction Industry Forum; ISU Fundraising Subcommittee; CM Task Force Committee; Safety Strategic Planning Committee; the Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee; the Quality in Construction Committee; Industry Relations and the MBI Education Committee.


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