4 Tech Rollout Lessons From the Iowa Caucuses Disaster

Associations Now

Whether it was a busted app or a lack of training, the Iowa caucuses ran into severe problems Monday night when the Democratic party used a mobile app for the first time to report results. All eyes were on the Iowa Democratic caucuses on Monday night.

Iowa 65

How an Iowa Business Association Gets Members Prepped for the Caucus

Associations Now

With candidates taking over the state in the months ahead of the Iowa Caucus, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry has offered resources to help the employees of members understand the process.

Iowa 61

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Iowa Builders Group’s New Endowment Targets Industry Skills Gap

Associations Now

A new endowment launched by Master Builders of Iowa will fund innovative solutions to close the industry’s skills gap and bring younger workers into the construction field. An Iowa trade group for the construction industry is putting some serious financial muscle into its effort to address a skills gap that may be keeping younger workers from getting into construction careers. Iowa Gov.

Iowa 42

Iowa Cattlemen Raise Money for Out-of-State Wildfire Victims

Associations Now

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold a charity auction to assist victims of wildfires that devastated a number of nearby states—hoping to supply ranchers with needed supplies as they work to rebuild. Iowa may not be currently dealing with any wildfires itself, but that doesn’t mean the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association isn’t ready to help others. The association is planning an April charity auction in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation and DreamDirt.

Iowa 42

University of Iowa Eyes Plan to Combine Alumni Association, Foundation

Associations Now

For years, the University of Iowa treated its foundation and its alumni association as separate entities. “After reviewing the committee’s recently provided report and recommendations, it is my intention to create one, new, unified organization,” Harreld wrote, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Similar examples of this kind of merger helped along the decision-making process in Iowa.

Iowa 40

Renewable Fuel Groups: Ethanol Could Help Decide Iowa in 2016

Associations Now

And as 2016 candidates go, Scott Walker , Jeb Bush , and Hillary Clinton have all come out in favor of the mandate—and Walker is currently leading polls for the Republican caucus in Iowa. During an event last week, two key advocacy groups in the ethanol space highlighted the role that renewable fuels could play in deciding Iowa during next year’s presidential election. Getting candidates to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), however, could be a big ask outside of Iowa.

Iowa 46

If You Build It –and Communicate It– They Will Come

Association Management

In the film “Field of Dreams,” a voice in Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella’s cornfield convinces him to turn his acreage into a baseball diamond, and sure enough, once he’s done it, the ghosts of the 1919 Chicago White Sox do appear. “If you build it, they will come.”

Iowa 151

Advocacy Groups (and Their Shirts) Speak Up Ahead of Iowa Caucuses

Associations Now

Groups from around the advocacy space—including associations—have been working the grassroots to draw attention to their issues ahead of the Iowa caucuses. In the run-up to the Iowa presidential caucus, which takes place February 1, it’s been hard to miss the single-issue advocacy groups showing up at the many presidential campaign events in the state. ” Did your association do any advocacy work in Iowa ahead of this year’s caucuses?

Iowa 40

Conference Circuit: Vino Veritas

Associations Now

The Iowa Wine Growers Association’s 2016 Annual Conference officially kicks off this weekend. Nearly 200 winemakers, grape growers, vineyard and winery owners, and others in the Iowa wine industry will gather together for two days to network, learn new information, and have a little fun. Association: Iowa Wine Growers Association. Location: Altoona, Iowa. But attendees are in for a treat at the Iowa Wine Reception when Dave Moore hits the stage.

Iowa 49

Membership Hack: A Tech Tool for Member Onboarding

Associations Now

The Iowa Lean Consortium is no stranger to project management essentials. Trello is a web-based app that’s popular for project management. One association uses Trello’s kanban boards, which visualize workflows, to onboard new members. How to hack it? ILC’s members use the “lean” methodology to advance business objectives. One of the tools that many members use frequently is Trello, a project management app that makes it easier to prioritize work.

Iowa 60

Associations Boost Aid Efforts Amid Nebraska Flooding

Associations Now

While the storm hit Iowa and other states hard as well, Nebraska suffered more than $1 billion in damage , NPR reported. Farming is a big part of the economy in Nebraska and Iowa, and many agricultural groups are supporting their own. Organizations throughout the Cornhusker State are hosting fundraisers and offering aid in response to the “bomb cyclone” that slammed Nebraska and neighboring states this week.

Best Benefit Ever: Hitting All the Pins

Associations Now

The offering is coming in handy for a number of state-level groups, including the Iowa Bowling Proprietors’ Association (IBPA) , which recently announced that it was giving its members access to the online courses for free. Bowling University, the online educational platform offered by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, helps make a lot of sense out of a complicated business. What is it?

Iowa 54

Want to Be an Effective Leader? Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Associations Now

Recent research from Iowa State University finds that people who lose a couple of hours of sleep might actually be more irritable, more likely to get angry, and possibly less able to adapt to tough situations. A series of recent studies highlights numerous ways that sleep deprivation negatively affects the ability of leaders to do their job properly. Take the hint!). Want to get a little better at leading your organization? A good night’s sleep might help.

Iowa 82

New Campaign Looks to Combat Misinformation in 2020 Elections

Associations Now

In a news release, NASS President Paul Pate, the Iowa secretary of state, noted that the initiative was an effort to put up a united front on an important, bipartisan issue. The National Association of Secretaries of State’s #TrustedInfo2020 campaign will help promote state and local election officials as sources to go to for accurate election information.

Iowa 46

Trucking Groups Boost Effort to Fight Sex Trafficking

Associations Now

Kansas is currently reviewing a similar program in Iowa called the Iowa MVE Model. Two trucking associations and the Kansas attorney general have teamed up to prevent sex trafficking on the state’s highways, extending a program that is already assisting law enforcement in other states.

For Member Onboarding, Think Outside the Inbox

Associations Now

The Iowa Lean Consortium took that approach last year. Email remains the most popular way to engage new members, but some associations are testing creative alternatives in an age of email fatigue. When a new member joins your association, the first thing you probably do is send an email to make that person feel welcome.

Iowa 66

We Asked, You Answered: More Procrastination Remedies

Associations Now

Events Coordinator, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. A recent reader poll drew so many good responses on the question of procrastination that we had to do a second post. Maybe you’ll feel inspired after reading it to get to action yourself. Eventually we had to get back to the to-do list. We procrastinated on it for a week, but we couldn’t stay away from the dozens of responses you sent us for our recent reader poll on remedies for procrastination.

Iowa 40

Renewables Groups Collaborate in Launching National Clean Energy Week

Associations Now

Most events will be held in DC that week, but related events over the next two months will be in Sea Island, Georgia; Baltimore; Minneapolis; Las Vegas; and Des Moines, Iowa. The bipartisan event, which organizers hope to make annual, will try to make the business case for renewables—and build support for them among legislators. Next month, a variety of organizations focused on sustainable energy are going to make their voices heard in Washington, DC.

Infrastructure Group Warns of Slow Repairs to Nation’s Broken Bridges

Associations Now

Some states are worse off than others: Nearly one in five bridges in Iowa are structurally deficient, or 4,675 total—the largest number of deficiencies reported in a single state. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association says 38 percent of U.S. bridges are in need of repair, and many—including several of the most famous bridges in the country—are structurally deficient. A lot of bridges across the U.S.

Iowa 40

Big Ten Student Group Scores With Voter Registration Drive

Associations Now

” Meanwhile, in a Huffington Post blog post , University of Iowa Student Body President Rachel Zuckerman argued that, for students, the initiative matters far beyond the top of the ticket this year. The Association of Big Ten Students’ Vote B1G campaign topped its goal in a voter registration drive this fall—twice. The association says that students have shown enthusiasm to vote this year, but that such interest should go beyond the top of the ticket.

Iowa 61

Destinations Experiment With New Marketing Efforts

Associations Now

Late last month, the Greater Des Moines CVB combined efforts with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to showcase Iowa at the opening night of “The Bridges of Madison County” musical on Broadway. The groups invited business and event prospects to attend with the goal of using “Iowa’s cultural brand” to drive economic development and tourism in the state. A look at how three U.S.

Opening the Door to Government Members

Associations Now

Professionals who work in government remain critical for many associations, says Cindy Adams, president and CEO of the Iowa Society of CPAs. Complaints about the barrier to entry have been echoing around the Iowa statehouse. Iowa’s state rules prohibit individuals from being reimbursed for specific membership categories.

Iowa 40

Gaming Association to Presidential Candidates: What’s Your Stance?

Associations Now

To make the information it receives from candidates most useful for industry employees, Freeman said AGA will compile the responses into a voter’s guide ahead of the Iowa caucuses in February. In addition, he said in 2016 a few key battleground states—such as Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—are places where gaming has played a very important role in terms of employing thousands and putting millions of dollars into local economies.

Digital Natives or Digital Immigrants: Who Should Lead the Social Media Charge for Your Association?

Portage Group

When I read newly minted University of Iowa grad, Catherine Sloan''s blog post titled Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25 , I have to admit I wondered for a minute there whether it was some kind of spoof from the Onion.Well, it wasn''t and after I chuckled my way through the post and the hail-storm of angry comments from the geezers (i.e.

What Can Associations Learn From Social Clubs?

Associations Now

One person keeping an eye on the trend is Leigh Zeitz, a past president of the Kiwanis Rough Risers in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and webmaster for the club’s blog. For decades, social clubs have brought people together, and today a new crop of venture-backed clubs is emerging. What membership challenges and opportunities do clubs face, and what can associations learn from them? Social and civic-oriented clubs are not a new phenomenon.

Iowa 69

Small Towns, Big Gesture: Bar Associations Push Law Students Back to Main Street

Associations Now

The association launched the program last year, hopping off the work of a similar program in Iowa. In an effort to bring more lawyers to communities in need, the Nebraska State Bar Association has launched a program to place law clerks in small-town practices across the state. The American Bar Association is footing part of the bill through a grant. The bright lights of big cities are a big draw for many law students.

Maine 69

How Associations Are Responding to Hurricane Matthew

Associations Now

GoServ Global, an Iowa-based group organized to “rescue the vulnerable” in the island nation, suffered extreme damage to most of its Haiti facilities, the Des Moines Register reported last week. Tragedy in Haiti While the U.S. recovers from Hurricane Matthew, a nonprofit that had a significant support base in Haiti finds itself needing to rebuild.

Mayors Take Strong Pledge Against Extremism, Bigotry

Associations Now

Mayors from more than 270 cities —including major urban centers like New Orleans and Los Angeles and smaller towns like Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa—signed the compact. Working with the Anti-Defamation League, more than 270 mayors nationwide, including many members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, have signed a written pledge agreeing to stand up to hate in their communities.

Corn Growers Group Plots Quick Response to Super Bowl Ad

Associations Now

The Iowa Corn Growers Association also decried the ad. “As After a Bud Light ad put its members and the product they grow under attack, the National Corn Growers Association reacted quickly to protect its industry. What’s an association supposed to do when a prominent beer company attacks its members’ product in a Super Bowl ad? The National Corn Growers Association found itself in exactly that position when Bud Light ran a Super Bowl ad disparaging corn syrup. “We

Iowa 45

Airport Group Highlights Members with Fresh Deck of Trading Cards

Associations Now

For example, you may not travel through Iowa’s Sioux Gateway Airport often, but if you’re a collector, there’s a pretty good reason to stop by: The airport’s IATA code is SUX, and the airport (of course) sells swag highlighting that fact. Taking advantage of the lasting popularity of airport memorabilia, Airports Council International—North America is working on a set of trading cards with some of its members. You can give STL credit for the idea.

CompTIA Study Finds Tech Hubs Where You Wouldn’t Expect Them

Associations Now

But even cities that couldn’t simply be excused as college towns, like Des Moines, Iowa, or Colorado Springs, Colorado, also did well on the list. The Tech Town Index, a new report from the association, finds a surprising geographic diversity among tech hot spots, helped along by both booming college towns and maturing local tech economies. Yes, you’re probably aware that San Francisco or Seattle are tech hotbeds, but what about Huntsville, Alabama, or Lansing, Michigan?

Monday Buzz: Boost Engagement During Volunteer Week

Associations Now

KCCI, a TV station in Des Moines, Iowa, profiles how one man has spent nearly half a century with the American Heart Association. Make sure your volunteers are getting the most out of your programs. Plus: how to spot signs of poor leadership. April 10 marked the beginning of National Volunteer Week, a celebration of those who sacrifice their time to help organizations’ ambitious dreams become a reality.

Iowa 46

We Asked, You Answered: Mentors You Admire

Associations Now

Tammy is still with ARC, as the executive director of the Greater Northwest Iowa Area. We all have bosses, but over the course of a career only a few people stand out as taking a special investment in teaching, growing, and advancing the professional lives of others. Hear from association pros who were lucky enough to have mentors that did just that.

Iowa 56

After Scandals, Nursing Home Group Pushes Social Media Policies

Associations Now

This week, ProPublica reported on the case of an Iowa caretaker who used Snapshat to distribute embarassing photos of a resident. Recent incidents involving nursing home employees who mocked residents on social media have prompted the American Health Care Association to boost its focus on social media policies. Enforcement hasn’t been easy. Social media has the potential to change industries in completely unexpected ways. It can also raise difficult questions.

Iowa 42

Report: Goodwill Locations Hit By Credit-Card Breach

Associations Now

However, tech security journalist Brian Krebs reported Monday that stores in 21 states showed patterns consistent with fraud, including locations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Say Cheese: Instagram at Meetings

Associations Now

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encouraged its attendees to use both Instagram and Vine—a video-sharing app—at its 2013 Annual Meeting. Snapping photographs that capture the excitement of a meeting is not an easy task. Could getting meeting attendees involved via Instagram help out? Perhaps—and it may even build some engagement. Let’s be honest: It can be difficult to capture the energy of your association’s meeting on camera.

Iowa 78

Drug Store Group Launches Immunization Initiative

Associations Now

Hy-Vee, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Nebraska Health Network, and the University of Iowa Health Alliance. Wanting to boost pharmacy-based immunization rates, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is launching three demonstration projects that aim to foster healthcare collaboration. Through three demonstration projects, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is looking to increase the number of pharmacy-based immunizations.

Transportation Association: Drones Could Save Money and Time, Limit Drivers’ Headaches

Associations Now

AASHTO, which released a video report along with the survey, noted that the association is planning to launch an upcoming series of webinars about the use of drones and will make them a key point of discussion at its spring meeting in Des Moines, Iowa , in May. A new survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials finds that drones could help with road surveys and repairs, reducing or eliminating the need to close lanes of traffic.

Iowa 42

These Conference Presentation Myths Cramp The Attendee Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

Barb Licklider and Howard Shapiro at Iowa State University showed that active participation in engineering education increased learning, retention and cognitive thinking at a higher level. Most conference organizers see attendees as consumers of the conference’s information. Little thought is given to seeing attendees as active participants in their own learning and experience. 8 Myths That Restrict The Attendee Experience.

Iowa 69

14 Tips from a PR Hall of Famer

SCD Group

And, being the only woman’s college in Iowa was a great PR advantage. My picture of their fun – with the distinctive Clarke spires in the background – ran in newspapers across Iowa. Iowa was home to a hugely popular 6-person women’s high school basketball. The Friday before I started, the ASA board officially voted to move its headquarters from Iowa to St. Editor’s Note: Last Wednesday, I was inducted into the Ag Public Relations Hall of Fame.

Iowa 56