Protecting Municipal Assets

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The years of Prohibition brought about a tremendous change within the liquor industry and one such change was the establishment of municipal liquor stores, which were started after Prohibition ended as a means for...

Advancing Future Value

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In any business, it’s essential to focus on both long- and short-term goals to assure continued success. For Jeff Painter, carefully planning for the future has been a major priority ever since he assumed...

The Rest of the 2018 Best Practices Awards Winners

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Best Enforcement Program: Vermont Department of Liquor Control By Hillary Richard Vermont is in the midst of a craft beer boom. Right now, craft beer generates more tourism dollars for the state than its famous maple syrup,...

Protecting and Serving

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Public safety is paramount for any alcohol regulatory organization, including Montana. The state’s ABC Division administers 97 agency liquor stores, operates a warehouse that distributes alcohol throughout the state and oversees licensing for on-premise...

Profile: The Wyoming Liquor Distribution Division

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Bigger isn’t always better. However, the state of Wyoming doesn’t let its massive size get in the way of providing excellent customer service. Even though Wyoming is the tenth largest state in the country...

Increased Governance in Iowa

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Constant improvement: it’s something that’s essential in all business industries, and it’s a core philosophy of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD). For years, the agency has demonstrated its ongoing ability to identify and...

Virginia ABC: Learning and Adapting

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In his first year on the job as Chairman of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jeffrey Painter has grown fond of a certain phrase. “This is not your grandfather’s ABC,” he recalls himself...

Balancing Conflicting Priorities

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Control states often juggle many conflicting priorities. In addition to being large revenue generators for their respective states, control states are generally charged with overseeing enforcement and education as well. As Director of the...

The Wyoming Liquor Distribution Division Stays Ahead of the Curve

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Headlines continue to proclaim that the U.S. economy is stronger than it’s been for nearly a decade. While that’s true for many states across the country, Wyoming faces a much harsher reality. The state...

A Culture of Collaboration

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Collaboration creates opportunity. That’s the philosophy Stephen Larson has abided by during his five-year tenure as the Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division (ABD). He’ll carry that same motto with him when he...

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