Release Date: Monday, October 25, 2021 (Ankeny, IA) - The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has again been recognized as an alcohol industry leader. ABD announced today that it has received the Best Stakeholder Outreach Award from Stateways magazine. The award was given for the ABD's communication and education efforts to alcohol licensees and consumers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m proud of the outstanding work of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, especially during an evolving pandemic,” said Governor Reynolds. “Their successful education and communication efforts on regulatory changes did not go unnoticed. Many businesses in the hospitality sector weathered the pandemic due in part to their efforts, which helped them adapt to meet their customers’ needs.” ABD is responsible for governing the alcohol industry in Iowa which has approximately 16,000 licenses. Education and communication are key aspects in protecting the health and safety of the citizens in Iowa in regards to alcoholic beverages. Throughout 2020, the alcohol industry in Iowa, like many others, was reeling from trying to navigate through the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic. “It’s an honor for ABD to have been recognized for this award,'' said ABD Administrator Stephen Larson. “This award is a testament to the staff’s efforts despite the challenges and pressure we all faced over the past year and a half.” StateWays’ Best Practices Awards recognize agencies leading the industry in innovation, education, and enforcement and have been awarded annually since 2015. Awards are offered in eight categories and are available to any alcohol control agency from the U.S. and Canada. ABD received their award at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s Administrators Conference. StateWays is a national magazine covering issues affecting alcohol regulatory agencies across the country. The digital version of the fall issue of StateWays magazine announcing ABD’s award can be found here.