Child Care is a Critical Workforce Issue

February 12, 2021 | Employers innovate to tackle Iowa's child care challenges Steven M. Bradford, ABI Chair, HNI Corporation, Muscatine,

This edition of Business Record Iowa carries a feature story about an issue of ever-increasing importance to ABI members. It focuses on child care and provides some valuable information and insights regarding what some ABI members are doing to address this critical need.

Quality, affordable child care is vitally important to all parents and is therefore a critical element in workforce recruitment and retention. ABI is a leader in helping our state develop child care best practices and solutions. ABI’s mission to foster a climate so that Iowans have the opportunity for the highest possible quality of life is directly relevant to this important topic.

With the arrival of February, ABI enters the eighth month of its fiscal year. Thanks to your support and leadership, our association is enjoying one of its strongest years ever.

Public policy, Foundation programs, and ABI member meetings and events are all demonstrating strong metrics. Last month's ABI Legislative Briefing was the first-ever held virtually, and it was a great success. On behalf of the board of directors, thank you for your participation.

In just four months, you will see another important event—our annual conference. I’m confident the 2021 conference will be a fabulous event!

Make plans now to join your ABI colleagues in Iowa City/Coralville June 8-10 for the Taking Care of Business Conference. Fantastic venues, terrific nationally-known speakers and the very best business networking anywhere will all be part of ABI's 118th annual meeting. You do not want to miss it! Registration opens Feb. 25 at

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