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Alcoholic Beverages Commission announces upcoming Symposium 21 conference

Ankeny, IA

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission (Commission) today announced that it will be hosting Symposium 21: From Production to Consumption this fall to engage alcohol policy makers, industry professionals, local authorities and prevention experts in a discussion on the role of the three-tier regulatory framework in the alcohol marketplace.

The symposium will be held on November 13 and 14, at the Convention Center in Sioux City, and will feature a number of expert speakers from across Iowa and the nation. Panels will present on topics covering the history, current state and future of alcohol regulation.

“With the three tier system and individual state control under scrutiny around the nation, we want to have an open, informative and frank discussion about the benefits of the Iowa model for alcohol distribution, regulation and revenue generation,” said Commission Chairperson Jim Clayton.

Symposium 21 will provide an opportunity for a concentrated, in depth analysis of the alcohol control state model and idea sharing to improve compliance with alcohol laws. Participants will also engage in the conversation to enact policies that protect public health and safety.

“While most Americans are familiar with our nation’s infamous ‘dry’ period, few fully recognize the importance of the regulatory framework that followed the repeal of national Prohibition,” said Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) Administrator Stephen Larson. “Today, the three-tier distribution system still plays a pivotal role in curbing abuses prevalent in the pre-Prohibition era.”

Registration for Symposium 21 is now open. Visit Symposium21.com or IowaABD.com for more information. Registration fee is only $30 and participants are eligible to earn 6.0 hours CEUs, alcohol and drug specific.

The Commission and ABD partnered with Iowa Interactive for Symposium21.com and online registration.

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