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Iowa Ideas at The Gazette
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:
The Iowa Ideas symposia, a series of community conversations that took place across Iowa throughout the first half of 2017.
The Iowa Ideas magazine, featuring in-depth, solutions-focused stories, gorgeous photos and informative graphics to help delve deeper than the average newspaper article.
The inaugural Iowa Ideas conference, hosted in Cedar Rapids Sept. 20-22, drew 650 people to explore all 8 topic areas via panel discussions, interviews with leaders and thought-provoking experiences.
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:
Be part of a deep and nuanced conversation, based in fact and with an emphasis on solutions
Connect with speakers and fellow attendees who are passionate about similar issues
Hear first-hand from newsmakers, be inspired and learn about new ideas
Have the opportunity to keep the work and conversations going beyond the events
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.
The Iowa Ideas magazine was published five times in 2017. The dates are:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
“Doers” – people who have direct experience and are making a difference in their field
New ideas – things that are on the cutting edge or haven’t been tried in Iowa before
Bridge builders – people who have the subject matter expertise to see an issue from multiple angles
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: email@example.com.
So glad you asked – more ideas here.
call: Gazette events manager Elizabeth Kimmel, 319-398-8345
Iowa Ideas Conference
The Gazette, P.O. Box 1862
Cedar Rapids IA 52406-1862