Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Iowa Ideas 2018 tickets now on sale

    Panelists, moderated by Gazette reporter Michaela Ramm (far right), discuss community engagement and outreach during the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Sept. 20-21, 2018: Thursday morning through midday Friday

    Downtown Cedar Rapids: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

    If you want to have a voice in shaping the future of Iowa, Iowa Ideas is for you. Building on the success of our inaugural conference, we'll convene another gathering exploring key issues, discovering solutions and connecting Iowans to state leaders. 

    During a day and a half of learning together, attendees will hear a variety of perspectives from Iowa and beyond, take in a keynote luncheon and have plenty of opportunities to network. 

    Eight key topic areas will be explored: 

     
    • Agriculture

    • Education

    • Energy & Environment

    • Future of Work

    • Health Care

    • Human & Social Services

    • Policy

    • Regional Development

    Plus two special collaborations:

    Attendees of our inaugural conference said they valued our solutions focus, multidisciplinary view and the chance to hear a variety of perspectives directly from state leaders:

    "I was struck by the number of great topics, great presenters, great ideas and the opportunity to listen, learn and network. The Gazette is doing exactly what Iowa needs more of -- deep and wide attention to issues that need new ideas and new people carrying them forward."

    -- John, Ankeny

    "The conference felt very 'Iowan' in the best sense - it was awesome to network with others from outside your field of work and just get a chance to 'think bigger' for a couple days about what could be."

    -- Rachel, Cedar Rapids

    "The Gazette has recognized the need for community engagement around the issues and opportunities we share. To have a non-political, non-partisan forum for interacting around complex issues and problems we need to address is essential to sustainability.”

    -- Tom, Mount Vernon

     

    Pricing: 

    Tickets are now on sale for the super early-bird rate of $150. Prices increase May 28. 

    Student and group rates are available -- see all options at our registration page

    Scholarship and volunteer opportunities are also available -- read more and apply

    Register today

    *Members of the media wishing to cover Iowa Ideas can apply for a credential here.

     

    In the meantime: 

    You don't have to wait a whole year to hear from us: 

     

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