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04/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/09/2020 01:08

ABI Cancels 2020 Taking Care of Business Conference

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) has canceled its annual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 600 people were expected to attend the Taking Care of Business Conference, June 9-11, 2020, in Cedar Rapids.

'The safety of ABI members, staff, and those who assist us with this event is our top priority,' said ABI President Mike Ralston. 'This unprecedented decision was made with them in mind.'

Also on Ralston's mind: keeping Iowa business leaders where they're needed most-leading their businesses and communities.

'ABI member employers will be key in leading Iowa's economic recovery,' said Ralston.

'I want to thank our conference partners in Cedar Rapids, as well as our sponsors and committee members,' said Cindy Dietz, ABI Chair and associate director of state government relations at Collins Aerospace. 'Your support of ABI and hard work on behalf of our members is appreciated.'

The 2021 Taking Care of Business Conference will be June 8-10 in Coralville/Iowa City.

'Networking and connecting with fellow business leaders are the ABI conference's biggest draws,' said Ralston. 'That power of connection has never been more apparent than during this time of social distancing, and it will be even more meaningful at the 2021 conference.'