Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Iowa Ideas?

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

In 2017, Iowa Ideas focused on eight key topics: Health care, K-12 education, higher education, regionalism / workforce, transportation, agriculture, energy & environment and Workplace (R)evolution. (Stay tuned for 2018 tracks!)

Important issues in each area were explored in a variety of ways: 

What will I gain from attending the Iowa Ideas conference?

Our attendees say they appreciate hearing multiple perspectives on the issues, learning about solutions and connecting with fellow passionate Iowans. 

Iowa Ideas is designed to be a community building experience around defining issues for our state. There are several potential outcomes – many of which will be driven by the people who participate:


Why is The Gazette going into other markets beyond your core circulation area?

The issues we have identified are not unique to Eastern Iowa. These are issues relevant to our state as a whole and it’s critical we hear and engage all parts of the state when thinking about current state and ideas for the future. 

When will the next magazine be published? How do I get it?

The Iowa Ideas magazine was published five times in 2017. The dates are: 

March 5

April 30

July 9 

September 10

October 29

The magazine is distributed in The Gazette and at events around Iowa - you can also order a free copy and find the stories online.  


How were the track topics selected? What about a track, session or story on [x]?

Each of our tracks represents an industry that has the opportunity to shape the future of Iowa. Many of these major industries are in a state of change - and thus, ripe for exploration and discussion. From our work at The Gazette, we know these topics continue to impact Iowans in a variety of ways. We kept the topics broad with the intent to have many conversations within each track.

Have an idea of something we should cover? We would love to hear it – drop a line to


What are you looking for in speakers? How can I suggest a speaker?

We are looking for speakers, panelists, workshops, discussions and more, including Iowans and people from around the nation. Within each of our tracks, we are especially looking for:

Speakers shouldn't "sell from the stage" -- we have sponsor and exhibitor opportunities available for those offering a product or service that would benefit Iowa Ideas attendees.

If you know someone who would make a great Iowa Ideas speaker, drop us a line:


How can I get involved?


So glad you asked – more ideas here


Who can I contact for more information? 


call: Gazette events manager Elizabeth Kimmel, 319-398-8345


Iowa Ideas
The Gazette, P.O. Box 1862
Cedar Rapids IA 52406-1862

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