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September 20-22 | Cedar Rapids

Wednesday
September 20
NOON-8PM
Registration at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
7PM-10PM
A celebration of Iowa

Our opening event will be a true celebration of Iowa's culinary scene, including hors d'oeuvres, craft beverages and desserts. Join us at the historic Paramount Theatre to kick off Iowa Ideas 2017 in style.

8PM-9PM
Iowa Ideas 2017 Keynote: Alec Ross

Best-selling author of "Industries of the Future" and former senior adviser for innovation to the secretary of state Alec Ross will share a global perspective on the economic and technological forces that will shape the next 10 years.

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8:00AM - NOON Registration for all tracks and sessions
Registration for all tracks and sessions
8:00AM - 8:30AM The Changing Face of Iowa

An in-depth and industry-spanning look at Iowa's shifting demographics, including aging, diverse sources of population growth and the rural-urban divide.
Presented by Gary Krob, State Data Center Coordinator at the State Library of Iowa.

The Changing Face of Iowa

An in-depth and topic-spanning look at Iowa's shifting demographics, including aging, diverse sources of population growth and changes in rural and urban communities.
Presented by Gary Krob, State Data Center Coordinator at the State Library of Iowa.

Food processing and ingredients
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Food processing and ingredients

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Ingredients and food processing play a key role in Iowa's economy. What does the future hold and what prospects for growth are there going forward?

Kathryn Polking
Bureau Chief, Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Paul Hillen
Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President, JM Swank
Precision agriculture
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Precision agriculture

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

A look at the latest in ag tech, from seed science to planting methods, and how new approaches can help with both conservation goals and farmers' bottom lines.

Brad Buchanan
Owner, Crop Tech Services, Inc
Pete Youngblut
Owner and operator, Youngblut Ag
Kevin Butt
Agriculture Professor, Iowa Valley Community College District
The latest in soil and water conservation
11:00AM - NOON

The latest in soil and water conservation

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Comparing and contrasting different conservation methods, including opportunities, potential drawbacks and costs - with an emphasis on soil health, water quality and what's really working for farmers.

Art Cullen
Editor, Storm Lake Times and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner
Matt Helmers
Dean's Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University
Ken Moore
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University
Dustin MIller
Governmental Affairs Attorney, Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Greg Wandrey
Iowa Agriculture Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
The future of renewable energy in Iowa
8:30AM - 9:30AM

The future of renewable energy in Iowa

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

We'll look at the environmental and economic impacts of wind, solar and more. Iowa has a history of leadership in renewable energy, and these industries are adding jobs at a rapid pace - but obstacles and future challenges remain.

Nathaniel Baer
Energy Program Director, Iowa Environmental Council
Ryan Young
Project Manager, Iowa Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Shashi Menon
CEO, EcoEngineers
Emily Birchmier
Director of Operations, Iowa Wind and Solar
Upgrading Iowa's energy infrastructure
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Upgrading Iowa's energy infrastructure

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

How will we cope with aging and deteriorating infrastructure while simultaneously upgrading to handle renewable energy sources?

Dan Barr
Senior Planner, ITC Midwest
Anne Kimber
Executive Director, Electric Power Research Center, Iowa State University
Gary Slaby
Vice President of Utility Operations, CIPCO
Climate change in Iowa
11:00AM - NOON

Climate change in Iowa

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

What impacts will be felt first, and how will we prepare? The latest research from Iowa's leading scientists, possible implications and responses.

Gene Takle
Director, Climate Science Program at Iowa State University
Harry Hillaker
State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Connie Mutel
Senior Science Writer, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering
Mental health in Iowa
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Mental health in Iowa

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

What can be done to improve delivery of mental health care? We'll look at access for veterans, rural populations and more, and will attempt to answer: what solutions can improve mental health care in Iowa?

Steve Johnson
Behavioral Health Administrator, Broadlawns Medical Center
Virginia Conley
Clinical Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing
Carol Meade
Director of Behavioral Health Services, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital
Robin Kopelman
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine and Founding Psychiatrist, Women's Wellness Counseling, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Psychiatrist at Seasons Center
Kim Scorza
CEO and President, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health
Telemedicine and rural health
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Telemedicine and rural health

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Almost every part of the health care system - from workforce needs to delivery systems - looks different in Iowa's rural areas. Discussions around access, affordability and caring for aging populations, plus possible solutions from telemedicine and other new technologies.

Tim Sagers
Medical Director, MercyCare Business Health Solutions
Dr. Nicholas Mohr
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia and Epidemiology, University of Iowa; and Investigator, Rural Telehealth Research Center
Kate Klefstad
Digital Health Service Line Manager, The Signal Center for Health Innovation
Tim Blair
Medical Director, Emergency Department, Van Buren County Hospital
Eric Einwalter
Senior Digital Health Product Manager, The Signal Center for Health Innovation
Keynote: Jean Robillard
11:00AM - NOON

Keynote: Jean Robillard

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Jean Robillard is Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. UI Health Care contributes more than $3.4 billion to Iowa's economy and employs more than 25,000, and Robillard has led the organization through numerous major accomplishments. Robillard will be joined by by Jennifer Vermeer, Assistant Vice President for Health Policy and Population Health at UI Health Care, in an in-depth discussion with Gazette reporters.

Jean Robillard
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Jennifer Vermeer
Assistant Vice President for Health Policy and Population Health, University of Iowa
Community engagement and outreach
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Community engagement and outreach

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

An in-depth discussion on service learning, campus-community connections and the status of the civic mission of higher education.

Emily Shields
Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact
Linda Snetselaar
Associate Provost for Outreach & Engagement, University of Iowa
Teresa Mangum
Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Bob Reason
Associate Director of Research and Administration, Iowa State University
Keynote: Stephen Black
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Keynote: Stephen Black

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

As president and founder of Impact America, Stephen Black has a noted history of creating campus-community partnerships that engage students in service learning projects. This session is presented in partnership with Iowa Campus Compact and the University of Northern Iowa.

Stephen Black
President and Founder, Impact America
Creating unique educational experiences
11:00AM - NOON

Creating unique educational experiences

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

Hear from professors who are pushing the envelope and experimenting with new ideas in higher education. From fresh teaching approaches, to off-the-wall course topics, to opening up the classroom to the community at large.

David Gould
Administrator at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, and Director of Programming & Events in the Provost's Office of Outreach and Engagement, University of Iowa
Scott Olinger
Professor of Theatre and Department Chair, Cornell College
Craig Just
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Keynote: Trace Pickering
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Keynote: Trace Pickering

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

As executive director of Iowa BIG and associate director of practitioner engagement and learning at Education Reimagined, Trace Pickering is on the cutting edge of a paradigm shift underway in education: the move from school-centered to learner-centered approaches.

Trace Pickering
Executive Director, Iowa BIG and Associate Director of Practitioner Engagement and Learning, Education Reimagined
Creating healthy school climates
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Creating healthy school climates

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

How can we remove barriers so every child has an opportunity to be successful in school and beyond? Including discussions around adverse childhood experiences (ACES), poverty, bullying and more.

Liz Cox
Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Lane Plugge
Chief Administrator, Green Hills AEA
Jan Powers
Doctoral Student and Reseacher, University of Iowa
Diversity in schools
11:00AM - NOON

Diversity in schools

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

As the demographics of Iowa's school-age population shift, how are schools adapting? What are the benefits and challenges of growing diversity? A look at both rural and urban districts in Iowa.

Carlos Grant
Executive Director of Personalized Learning and Middle Level Education, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Rama Muzo
Intercultural Community Resources Specialist, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Carl Turner
Superintendent, Storm Lake Community School District
Workforce needs of the next 10 years
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Workforce needs of the next 10 years

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

In a rapidly changing economy, what skills will be most in-demand and how will we prepare Iowans to thrive? We'll hear from industry professionals, economists and education experts.

Kim Becicka
Vice President, Continuing Education and Training Services, Kirkwood Community College
Beth Townsend
Director, Iowa Workforce Development
Rob Denson
President, Des Moines Area Community College
Automation in the workforce
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Automation in the workforce

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

Automation, robotics, machine learning and other new technologies are quickly impacting Iowa's workplaces - and blue-collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk. How can we educate Iowans and prepare our industries for the next generation of work?

Dan Reed
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
Kerty Levy
President, KNL Works
Michele Farrell
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Program Coordinator, Measured Intentions
James Oliver
Director, Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University
Ian Flynn
Director of Engineering, Raining Rose
Keynote: Rachel Hatch
11:00AM - NOON

Keynote: Rachel Hatch

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

Noted futurist Rachel Hatch will share her views on the future of work and cities, blending global perspective with a nuanced look at technological changes.

Rachel Hatch
Program Officer for Community Vitality, The McConnell Foundation
The future of rail and freight in Iowa
8:30AM - 9:30AM

The future of rail and freight in Iowa

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

How will Iowa's network for rail and freight transportation keep up with an expected increase in commodities moving throughout the state?

Phil Meraz
Rail Regulation and Analysis Project Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transporation
Jeff Woods
Manager - Marketing and Business Development, Alliant Energy Transportation
Andy Laurent
Director of Business Development, Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.
Brian Buchanan
Manager of Corporate Development, Canadian National Railways
Smart Cities
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Smart Cities

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

Big data, sensors, new modes of transportation and more are on the horizon. Are Iowa's cities ready, and what impacts will these new technologies have?

Dylan Mullenix
Assistant Director, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Jon Rouse
General Manager, Park Cedar Rapids
Chandra Ravada
Transportation Director, Dubuque Metropolitan Planning Organization
The future of autonomous driving in Iowa
11:00AM - NOON

The future of autonomous driving in Iowa

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

A look at the policy, infrastructure and safety impacts of self-driving cars, plus economic development efforts to attract this emerging industry to Iowa.

Daniel McGehee
Director, National Advanced Driving Simulator
Tom Banta
Director of Strategic Growth, Iowa City Area Development Group
Scott Marler
Director of Traffic Operations, Iowa Department of Transportation
Scott Nelson
Head of Digital Transportation Infrastructure, HERE Technologies
The view from the C-suite
8:30AM - 9:30AM

The view from the C-suite

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

Executives review the application of culture in strategic planning for their companies. How does incorporating culture make good business sense? Who leads and what are the expectations for impact?

Eric Hahn
General Manager, Bazooka Farmstar
Kurt Heiar
President and CEO, Immortagen and Lead Instructor, Venture School
Vanessa McDonald
Chief Development Officer, MetaCommunications
Dave Sorg
Principal, OPN Architechts
Keynote: Bob Wright
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Keynote: Bob Wright

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

A leader in human development, Bob Wright will present ways to unleash employee potential by engaging in their own transformation and leadership when creating effective culture and purpose. Wright will center his presentation around the 2017 Workplace (R)evolution theme, "building the business case for purpose," including spiral dynamics, common ground goals, measuring effectiveness and ownership across the board. Dr. Wright will be available to sign his book, "Beyond Time Management: Business With Purpose" following his keynote.

Bob Wright
Author, speaker and educator
Workplace culture case studies
11:00AM - NOON

Workplace culture case studies

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

Efforts underway to foster positive and productive cultures in Iowa's workplaces. Milestone success, lessons learned and everything in between.

Tony Bedard
CEO, Frontier Co-op
Kim Augspurger
President and Owner, Saxton Inc
Pete Rizzo
Coralville Director, GEICO
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel
Executive Director, One Iowa
NOON - 1:30AM Downtown Lunch Break (included in registration price)
Downtown Lunch Break (included in registration price)
Diversified agriculture
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Diversified agriculture

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Farming in Iowa isn't just corn and soybeans. Looking at new trends in vegetable farming, aquaculture, farm-to-table and more, including the risks involved, market readiness and opportunities for growth.

Blake Carlson
Owner, Deep Root Acres
Sonia Kendrick
Founder, Feed Iowa First
Bob Streit
Certified Crop Advisor, Central Iowa Agronomy
Francis Thicke
Co-Owner and Operator, Radiance Dairy
3:00PM - 4:00PM
No Session Scheduled
Environmental impacts on health
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Environmental impacts on health

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

Water quality, clean air, pollutants and more - a panel will address impacts on population health, how big data can help spot trends and possible solutions.

Jim Hodina
Environmental Public Health Manager, Linn County Public Health
Kathryn Dorsey
Program Manager, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City Invest Health
Lucie Laurian
Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
Energy and national security
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Energy and national security

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

Risks for both cyber and physical attacks - is Iowa vulnerable? Looking at aging infrastructure, nuclear power and the role of reliable energy in crisis situations.

Mark Schouten
Director, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Nick Wagner
Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board
Ron Hinsley
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ITC Holdings
The future of Medicaid in Iowa
1:45PM - 2:45PM

The future of Medicaid in Iowa

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

The transition to managed care has been one of the biggest health and political stories in Iowa in recent years. We'll hear multiple points of view on how it's going, plus learn from other states that have already made the transition.

Jerry Foxhoven
Director, Iowa Department of Human Services
Liz Mathis
Iowa State Senator and Community Engagement Director, Four Oaks
Jennifer Harbison
Director of Health Policy, University of Iowa Health Care
Population health
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Population health

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

The transition from sick care to health care. Looking at social determinants of health, what data can be applied, alternative approaches and more. Who pays and how does it work?

Louise Lex
Health Planner, Iowa Department of Public Health
Becky Wampler
Director of Health Care Sustainability, Wellmark
Jami Haberl
Executive Director, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
Shelley Horak
Clinical Project Manager, Telligen
What will higher education look like in the future?
1:45PM - 2:45PM

What will higher education look like in the future?

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

A panel discussion featuring multiple viewpoints on how higher education is transforming - think lifelong learning, technology impacts and more - and ideas for what the future could hold.

Dan Reed
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
Liang Chee Wee
President, Northeast Iowa Community College
Mick Starcevich
President, Kirkwood Community College
The value of the liberal arts in the 21st century
3:00PM - 4:00PM

The value of the liberal arts in the 21st century

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

In a time of increased focus on tech skills and career training, college presidents and deans weigh in on the role of liberal arts in the higher education mix of the future.

Jonathan Brand
President, Cornell College
Jay Simmons
President, Simpson College
David McInally
President, Coe College
Preparing students for future jobs
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Preparing students for future jobs

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

What skills will be most needed in the future, and are our schools prepared to teach them? Looking at computer science education, industry needs and teachers' perspectives.

Samantha Dahlby
K-12 Education Coordinator, NewBoCo
Michelle Hill
Director, Waukee APEX
Tyler Wyngarden
Director of Membership and Development, Technology Association of Iowa
Linda Baxley
Director, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center
STEM, redesigned learning environments and more
3:00PM - 4:00PM

STEM, redesigned learning environments and more

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

A virtual tour of initiatives across Iowa to engage students in new educational methods, including efforts in and out of the classroom.

Laura Williams
21st Century Learning Specialist, Science & Technology Consultant, Great Prairie and Green Hills Area Education Agency
Shawn Cornally
Founder and STEM instructor, Iowa BIG
John Bedward
Assistant Professor of Education, Buena Vista University
Dawn Bowlus
Director, Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship
Incentives and the future of economic development
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Incentives and the future of economic development

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

As budgets remain tight, what role will financial incentives play in economic development at the state and local levels?

Mark Nolte
President, Iowa City Area Development Group
Bill Menner
Founder, The Bill Menner Group
Dave Swenson
Associate Scientist, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
Kelly Hayworth
City Administrator, City of Coralville
John Stineman
Executive Director, Iowa Chamber Alliance
Iowa's place in the global economy
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Iowa's place in the global economy

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

In a globalized world, how will Iowa stay competitive? A look at international trade, global partnerships and our state's economic outlook.

Brent Cobb
President, World Class Industries
Peggy Kerr
Marketing Manager, International Trade Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Meeting Iowa's infrastructure needs
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Meeting Iowa's infrastructure needs

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

While Iowa has been working to address deficient bridges and aging roads, keeping up with improvements is an ongoing challenge. How do we keep the infrastructure up-to-date and who will pay for it? How will Iowa keep up with infrastructure improvements as state revenues remain tight?

Aaron Granquist
President, Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Josh Byrnes
General Manager, Osage Municipal Utilities, and former Chairman of Iowa House Transportation Committee
Scott Newhard
Vice President for Public Affairs, Associated General Contractors of Iowa
Stuart Anderson
Director, Planning, Programming and Modal Division, Iowa Department of Transporation
Trails and biking
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Trails and biking

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

Interest in bike lanes and trails -- both for recreation and daily commuting -- seems to be at a peak. Learn what new approaches cities and bike advocates are taking, plus, how will these efforts be funded in a time of shrinking state budgets?

Andrea Boulton
Trails and Greenways Director, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Sarah Walz
Assistant Transportation Planner, City of Iowa City
Brandon Whyte
Multimodal Planner, City of Cedar Rapids
Milly Ortiz
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation
Change Leadership: Connecting Purpose, People and Performance
1:45PM - 2:45PM

Change Leadership: Connecting Purpose, People and Performance

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

'Change Management' is a necessary function with a terrible name. Change today is bigger, faster, more important and more complex than ever before. That reality should prompt us to take a fresh look at how we talk about, enable and lead change every day. 'Change Leadership' is much more than managing change, it's how organizations connect purpose, people, and performance. During this session we will explore core principles that explain the nature of change and its impact on people and organizations, as well as strategies, tools and resources that facilitate both the organizational and personal transitions required to enable positive and lasting change.

Ryan Siskow
President, Consult 3C
Building a mission-driven culture
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Building a mission-driven culture

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

How are companies aligning purpose and engagement goals to their mission? Hear from ESOPs, B-Corporations and state initiatives that encourage employees to live the mission - and resources offered to make this offer a reality.

Jeff Miller
Chief Technology and Distribution Officer, Van Meter Inc
Christine Sullivan
Director of Human Resources, ESCO Group
Leah Rodenberg
Senior Program Manager, Alliant Energy Foundation
Kayla Grunder
UX Designer, Visual Logic
5:00PM - 8:00PM Downtown Evening Activities - Pints & Politics, Meet Me at the Market, Entertainment
Downtown Evening Activities - Pints & Politics, Meet Me at the Market, Entertainment
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The next generation of Iowa farmers
8:30AM - 9:30AM

The next generation of Iowa farmers

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

In spite of well-publicized barriers, some young and beginning farmers are getting a successful start. Looking at the future of family farms, land ownership questions and resources available for new farmers.

David Baker
Farm Transition Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Wendong Zhang
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Iowa State University
Jon Bakehouse
Farmer, Maple Edge Farm
Q&A: The role of government in agriculture
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Q&A: The role of government in agriculture

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Whether it's through subsidies, strategies or regulations, what role should government play? We'll look at the future of the farm bill and other incentives and ask, what can be done to keep Iowa competitive?

Mike Naig
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, State of Iowa
The global impact of Iowa agriculture
11:00AM - NOON

The global impact of Iowa agriculture

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Experts weigh in on Iowa's place in the global food and commodities ecosystem, and look at the opportunities and challenges of the future - including the impacts of growing agriculture powerhouses like China and Brazil. Plus, how research and innovations developed in Iowa are implemented around the globe.

Al Wulfekuhle
Immediate Past President, Iowa Pork Producers Association
Larry Marek
Farmer and United Soybean Board Director
Water quality: Approaches in Iowa
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Water quality: Approaches in Iowa

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

In the first of two water quality panels, we'll look at official policies like the nutrient reduction strategy and various approaches that have been tried in Iowa, including the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and Cedar Rapids' Middle Cedar Partnership Project.

Bill Stowe
CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works
Tariq Baloch
Water Utility Plant Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
Roger Wolf
Director of Environmental Programs and Services, Iowa Soybean Association
Adam Schnieders
Water Quality Resource Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Water quality: Research and new ideas
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Water quality: Research and new ideas

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

In the second water quality discussion, we'll dive deep into the research and look at more innovative and grassroots solutions being discussed in Iowa.

Chris Jones
IIHR Research Engineer, University of Iowa
Rob Hogg
Iowa State Senator
Ken Rozenboom
Iowa State Senator
Breanna Shea
Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Flood Center
Jennifer Terry
Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council
The role of landowners in energy and environmental needs
11:00AM - NOON

The role of landowners in energy and environmental needs

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

What rights and responsibilities do landowners have when dealing with new pipelines, environmental improvements and more?

Tom Petersen
Director - Public Affairs, ITC Midwest
Lu Nelsen
Policy Program Associate, Center for Rural Affairs
Wally Taylor
Legal Chair, Iowa Sierra Club
Affordability and access in health care
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Affordability and access in health care

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

How can we make sure all Iowans have access to quality health care, while keeping prices in check? Experts from medicine and insurance will share opportunities and obstacles.

MIkki Stier
Iowa Medicaid Director, Iowa Department of Human Services
Doug Ommen
Insurance Commissioner, Iowa Insurance Division
Bill Langley
Chief Population Health Officer, University of Iowa Health Alliance
Leaders roundtable
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Leaders roundtable

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Where do things go from here? We'll gather experts and policymakers for discussion on the future of health care coverage. How will it impact Iowa? What can be done to best pivot care going forward?

Nick Gerhart
Chief Adminstrative Officer, Farm Bureau Financial Services and past Insurance Commissioner, State of Iowa
Doug Ommen
Insurance Commissioner, Iowa Insurance Division
Kristin Mcvay
Director of Clinic Operations, UnityPoint
How will new tech re-shape health care?
11:00AM - NOON

How will new tech re-shape health care?

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Robotics, personalized medicine, big data, machine learning and more are already starting to impact health care - and are poised to make an even bigger mark in the next 10 years.

Maia Hightower
Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Iowa Health Care
Aaron Warner
Founder and CEO, ProCircular
Vincent Reid
Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
Pamela Villacorta
Director, The Signal Center for Health Innovation
8:30AM - 9:30AM
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Commercializing university research
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Commercializing university research

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

From medical devices to agriculture innovations, how are Iowa's universities monetizing their research and creating new companies? We'll look at how this trend impacts universities' revenues and how Iowa compares to other states.

Dan Reed
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
Mike Crum
Vice President for Economic Development and Business Engagement, Iowa State University
Jason Rantanen
Director of Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Program, University of Iowa
Funding higher education in Iowa
11:00AM - NOON

Funding higher education in Iowa

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

We'll press for solutions and learn from other states for a fresh approach to this perennial debate. How can we make sure public higher education in Iowa is accessible to all without compromising quality?

Tom Mortenson
Senior Scholar, Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Jacob Simpson
President, University of Iowa Student Government
Larry McKibben
Board Member, Iowa Board of Regents
Herman Quirmbach
Iowa State Senator
Lightning round: What would you do if funding wasn't an obstacle?
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Lightning round: What would you do if funding wasn't an obstacle?

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Big ideas from superintendents, teachers, students and education partners.

Brad Buck
Superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Steve Mielenhausen
Principal, Madison Elementary, Davenport Community Schools
Abbie Parker
Teacher, Alburnett Community Schools
Jake Troja
Director of School Climate Transformation, Des Moines Public Schools
The future of school choice in Iowa
9:45AM - 10:45AM

The future of school choice in Iowa

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

We'll look at proposals taking shape in Iowa as well as models from elsewhere. What could the school choice discussion mean in Iowa?

Mark Jacobs
Founder, Reaching Higher Iowa
McKenzie Snow
Policy Director for Education Choice, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Roark Horn
Executive Director, School Administrators of Iowa
Lisa Bartusek
Executive Director, Iowa Association of School Boards
Funding challenges and opportunities
11:00AM - NOON

Funding challenges and opportunities

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

How can we find common ground and come up with solutions that best serve students in this highly politicized debate?

Art Tate
Superintendent, Davenport Community Schools
Tammy Wawro
President, Iowa State Education Association
Walt Rogers
Chairman, Iowa House Education committee
Mary Mascher
Education committee, Iowa House of Representatives
Broadband for all
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Broadband for all

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

While access to high-speed internet has improved, barriers still prevent some Iowans from getting online. How can we do more to leverage the economic and cultural opportunities of broadband? Case studies and success stories, as well as challenges.

Rep. Dave Loebsack
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District of Iowa
Patrice Carroll
President and CEO, ImOn Communications
Rob Houlihan
Chief Technology Officer, Cedar Falls Utilities
David Daack
Community Technology Advisor, Connect Iowa
Rural Iowa: Challenges and triumphs
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Rural Iowa: Challenges and triumphs

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

What does the future hold for Iowa's smaller communities? We'll hear firsthand from grassroots leaders as well as economic experts.

Bill Menner
Founder, The Bill Menner Group
Dave Swenson
Associate Scientist, Department of Economics at Iowa State University
Robin Bostrom
Business Specialist, Main Street Iowa
Apprenticeships
11:00AM - NOON

Apprenticeships

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

Apprenticeship programs have sprung up at all levels, from high school to retraining programs. We'll take a detailed look at various approaches in Iowa, as well as lessons learned from other states.

Kris Byam
Principal, Boone Community School District
Kim Becicka
Vice President, Continuing Education and Training Services at Kirkwood Community College
Patrick Loeffler
President, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council
Pradeep Kotamraju
Career and Technical Education Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
How can we increase safety?
8:30AM - 9:30AM

How can we increase safety?

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

A look at the latest research on all things safety, including distractions on the road, drunk driving and new technology - will it help prevent crashes?

Shawn O'Brien
Senior Loss Control Representative, United Fire Group
Steve Gent
Director of the Office of Traffic and Safety, Iowa Department of Transportation
Patrick Hoye
Bureau Chief, Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau
Keynote: Courtney Bernard
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Keynote: Courtney Bernard

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

Courtney Bernard leads communications for the Center for City Solutions at National League of Cities (NLC). Her work has focused on a range of topics including transportation and mobility, technology in cities, economic development, city rights and local control, sustainability, and the opioid crisis. 

Courtney Bernard
Senior Communications Associate, Center for City Solutions & Applied Research, National League of Cities
Public transportation and accessibility
11:00AM - NOON

Public transportation and accessibility

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

Ideas to help ensure all Iowans have access to safe, reliable transportation. Collaborations, innovations and new approaches in the world of public transit.

Sarah Constable
Central Iowa Rural Mobility Coordinator, HIRTA Public Transit
Carl Lingen
Executive Director, Iowa Public Transit Association
Mary Rump
Transportation and Regional Development Director, East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Kristin Haar
Compliance and Training Officer, Office of Public Transit, Iowa Department of Transpotation
8:30AM - 9:30AM
No Session Scheduled
Mayors' Q&A
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Mayors' Q&A

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

An interview with Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett on a range of issues: revitalization of the urban core, flood protection, casinos and more.

Ron Corbett
Mayor, Cedar Rapids
Leading rural towns
11:00AM - NOON

Leading rural towns

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

Mayors and civic leaders in rural areas will share their challenges, successes and visions for the future of small-town Iowa.

Chaz Allen
Iowa State Senator and former Mayor, Newton
Kim Huckstadt
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa
Terry Kenealy
Superintendent, OA & BCIG Community School Districs
NOON - 1:30AM Downtown Lunch Break (included in registration price)
Downtown Lunch Break (included in registration price)
Livestock production: Opportunity and responsibility
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Livestock production: Opportunity and responsibility

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

How do you balance efficiency, environmental concerns and animal health? A look at confined animal feed operations and more.

Al Wulfekuhle
Immediate Past President, Iowa Pork Producers Association
Brian Waddingham
Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers
Farmers' roundtable: Embracing Conservation
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Farmers' roundtable: Embracing Conservation

ROOM: Room 316 (Convention Center)

Success stories and lessons learned from farmers who have tried cutting-edge conservation approaches. Hear how they embrace the risk and balance environmental concerns with profitability.

April Hemmes
Farmer and Rancher
Steve Berger
Farmer
Curt Zingula
Farmer, Zingula Farms
Keynote: Gretchen Bakke
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Keynote: Gretchen Bakke

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

In "The Grid," Gretchen Bakke takes an anthropological view on the electrical grid - an engineering triumph of the 20th century - as well as present challenges and ideas for how it can play a role in a cleaner energy future.

Gretchen Bakke
Author of "The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and our Energy Future"
Renewable fuels: ethanol, biodiesel, biomass and more
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Renewable fuels: ethanol, biodiesel, biomass and more

ROOM: Room 304 (Convention Center)

These industries are key focus areas for the state's energy plan. We'll explore technological advances like cellulosic ethanol, possibilities for collaborations with agriculture and why Iowa's communities are investing.

Monte Shaw
Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Bryan Sievers
Chief Operating Officer, Sievers Family Farms LLC
Kelly Hansen
Plant General Manager, POET
Jill Euken
Deputy Director, Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University
Scott Hedderich
Director of Corporate Affairs, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Aging and caregiving
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Aging and caregiving

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Iowa's population is aging, and there's a huge shortage of paid caregivers - leaving an estimated 350,000 Iowan family caregivers to fill the gaps in the medical system. What solutions are possible?

Jim Cushing
Caregiver and Former Executive Director, Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Kathy Good
Director, Family Caregivers Center of Mercy
John Hale
Owner, The Hale Group
Donna Harvey
CEO, Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging
Anthony Carroll
Associate State Director of Advocacy, AARP Iowa
Opioid use in Iowa
Opioid use in Iowa - including heroin and prescription pain relievers -- is on the rise, with treatment admissions more than tripling since 2005, according to Bureau of Substance Abuse data. In this panel, we'll hear from medical experts, law enforcement, state officials and more. What soluitons are possible?

Opioid use in Iowa

ROOM: Ballroom C (Convention Center)

Opioid use in Iowa -- including heroin and prescription pain medications -- is on the rise, with treatment admissions more than tripling since 2005, according to Bureau of Substance Abuse data. What solutions are possible? This panel will feature perspectives from medical experts, law enforcement and state officials.

Dale Woolery
Associate Director, Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy
Jennifer Tiffany
Associate Director, Prescription Monitoring Program, Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Stephan Arndt
Director, Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation
Ryan Carnahan
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Iowa
Does a physical campus still matter?
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Does a physical campus still matter?

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

From online learning to virtual reality to flipped classrooms. What is the role of a physical campus in a digital age?

Jonathan Wickert
Senior Vice President and Provost, Iowa State University
Michael Haggans
Visiting Scholar, University of Minnesota
David Starnes
Chief Academic Officer, Kaplan University
Tom Nicknish
President, VIVED Learning
Diversity and inclusion on campus
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Diversity and inclusion on campus

ROOM: Ballroom B (Convention Center)

Institutions across Iowa are working to balance safe, welcoming and inclusive environments with the the right to free expression on campus. Plus, how are on-campus diversity programs coping with shrinking budgets, changing demographics and intense political debates?

Gwenne Berry
Chief Diversity Officer, University of Northern Iowa
Kate Gregory
Senior Vice President for University Services, Iowa State University
Melissa Shivers
Vice President for Student Life, University of Iowa
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel
Executive Director, One Iowa
Evaluating learning
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Evaluating learning

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

Standardized tests remain a central piece of how students, teachers and schools are evaluated, in spite of arguments that they aren't the best way to gauge what students are learning. What other approaches are being explored in Iowa?

Paul Nichols
Senior Director and Distinguished Research Scientist, ACT
Michal Eynon-Lynch
Chief Educator and Co-Founder, Pear Deck
Carlos Grant
Executive Director of Personalized Learning and Middle Level Education, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Ryan Wise
Director, Iowa Department of Education
Early childhood education and literacy
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Early childhood education and literacy

ROOM: Ballroom A (Convention Center)

We'll learn from some of the most successful literacy programs in Iowa, hear from early childhood experts and explore policy proposals to support pre-k and literacy programs.

Deborah Reed
Director, Iowa Reading Research Center
Carolyn Jons
Co-Founder, Raising Readers Story County
Linda Fandel
Special Assistant for Education, Office of the Governor
David Tilly
Deputy Director and Administrator of Division of Learning and Results, Iowa Department of Education
Karen Lewis
Senior Manager for Educaiton, United Way of East Central Iowa
Beth Malicki
Program Leader, Kids on Course
Immigrants in the workforce
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Immigrants in the workforce

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

As Iowa is dealing with an aging and shrinking workforce, immigrants could be a critical piece of the state's future workforce. What potential can be realized in our communities and what economic impact could that have? What should be done to attract immigrants to Iowa?

Peter Fisher
Research Director, Iowa Policy Project
Lori Chesser
Immigration Department Chair, Davis Brown Law Firm
Nancy Mwirotsi
Founder, Pi515
Liesl Eathington
Assistant Scientist, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
Working across political boundaries
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Working across political boundaries

ROOM: Exhibit Hall C (Convention Center)

"Regionalism" is a key buzzword across Iowa's business and civic communities - but what does real regional collaboration look like, and what leadership qualities are needed to make it happen? Why do some partnerships work and others don't? A panel of experts - from Iowa and beyond - will weigh in on initiatives and impacts.

Mike Brown
Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Greater MSP
Jeff Schott
Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, University of Iowa
Jennifer Daly
President and CEO, Iowa's Creative Corridor Development Corporation
Mary Bontrager
Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Changes and challenges in trucking
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Changes and challenges in trucking

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

We'll look at how the driver shortage, changes in retail habits nationwide and new tech are poised to transform trucking in Iowa - and how the industry will respond.

Amy Lasack
Director of Training & Outreach Services, Kirkwood Community College
Greg Stewart
Logistics Manager, Dakota Red Corporation
Mike Gannon
Group President and Chief Operating Officer, CRST International
Justin Walters
Director of Recruiting and Marketing/Branding, West Side Transport
Urban planning for the future
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Urban planning for the future

ROOM: Room 310 (Convention Center)

The latest trends in how cities and towns are built. How can we design our communities to be more environmentally friendly, financially sustainable and human-centered?

Melissa Edsill Tiedemann
Advocacy, Outreach & External Voice Program Area Co-chair, Iowa APA
Karen Howard
Associate Planner, City of Iowa City
Shauna Hallmark
Director, Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University
Tom Treharne
Planning and Development Director, City of Marion
Revitalizing core districts
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Revitalizing core districts

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

Major efforts in cities across Iowa have taken a fresh look at core neighborhoods. Whether it's reimagining an entire district or renovating a historic Main Street building, how have major overhauls and historic renovations changed Iowa's communities? What does it take to undertake these projects?

Robin Bostrom
Business Specialist, Main Street Iowa
Jerry Enzler
Former President and CEO, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Jeff Pomeranz
City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
John Lundell
Mayor, City of Coralville
Placemaking
2:45PM - 3:45PM

Placemaking

ROOM: Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

How can we define and enhance the culture of Iowa's communities? What makes a place unique, and how does that uniqueness translate into regional and workforce opportunities?

Linda Snetselaar
Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement, University of Iowa
Zack Mannheimer
Principal Community Planner, McClure Engineering
Charles Connerly
Professor and Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa
Liesl Voges
Community Development Manager, Iowa Arts Council
Dale Todd
Vice President, Hatch Development Group
3:45PM - 4:15PM Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
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