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    K-12 Education and Regionalism / Workforce
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    Health Care and Higher Education
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    Agriculture and Higher Education
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    25: Regionalism / Workforce and Health Care, 26: Transportation and K-12 Education
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    Energy & Environment
  • September 20 - 22
    Cedar Rapids | Iowa Ideas Conference
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Iowa Ideas will be 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 will include events around the state and a series of magazines, all leading up to an inaugural two-day conference in Cedar Rapids in September 2017. Seven key topics - each crucial to Iowa - will be explored. 

Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us. What's your idea? 

February 28 | Cedar Rapids

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

K-12 Education
Regionalism & Workforce

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. Please email events@thegazette.com if you would still like to attend. 

Cedar Rapids is the home to many innovative experiments in K-12 education, and Kirkwood Community College is a powerhouse for regional efforts – join us to learn together.

March 7 | Iowa City

Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa

Higher Education

8:30 a.m. - noon

Health Care

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Health care and higher education are two of the topics that put Iowa City on the map. Join us for interactive and thoughtful discussions with the people who are shaping these industries in Iowa. Happy hour with the Technology Association of Iowa to follow. 

March 28 | Cedar Falls

Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa

Agriculture

8:30 a.m. - noon

Higher Education

1 - 4:30 p.m.

The Cedar Valley is home to agriculture powerhouses, the University of Northern Iowa and a bustling innovation community – creating the perfect backdrop for forward-looking discussions. 

April 11 | Sioux City

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Agriculture

8:30 a.m. - noon

Energy & Environment

1 - 4:30 p.m.

How do the needs of agriculture, energy and environment overlap? Join us in Sioux City - our first Western Iowa stop! - for a lively series of conversations. 

April 25 | Des Moines (day 1)

Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel & Suites

Regionalism & Workforce

8:30 a.m. - noon

Health Care

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Our stop in Iowa’s capitol city will explore topics that are crucial to the future of Iowa – and that are sure to show up on the legislative agenda. 

April 26 | Des Moines (day 2)

Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel & Suites

Transportation

8:30 a.m. - noon

K-12 Education

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Our Des Moines events continue with a focus on transportation issues and the future of K-12 education. 

May 9 | Council Bluffs

Hilton Garden Inn

 
Energy & Environment

8:30 a.m. - noon

Transportation

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Where the river and railroads meet, Council Bluffs is a transportation hub of the Midwest – and a natural place to dig into the industry’s future. We’ll also discuss energy and the environment on this Western Iowa stop.

May 23 | Davenport

Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University

Regionalism & Workforce

8:30 a.m. - noon

Transportation

1 - 4:30 p.m.

With multiple communities across two states, the Quad Cities will be our backdrop for discussions on transportation, regionalism and workforce issues- join us for a thought-provoking day. 

June 6 | Cedar Rapids

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Energy & Environment

8:30 a.m. - noon

We'll return to Cedar Rapids for our final symposium, where energy consumption and the impact on the environment is a core issue for Cedar Rapidians and all of Eastern Iowa.

September 20-22 | Iowa Ideas Conference 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Complex

Save the date! Our signature event will take place in downtown Cedar Rapids. All seven tracks will converge, featuring panel discussions, keynotes, interactive experiences and entertainment. Join us for two full days of working and learning together. 

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