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Conference replay: The role of immigrants in Iowa's future workforce

As Iowa's employers compete for talent in a state with consistently low unemployment, could immigration be a solution? ... READ MORE

Conference replay: Early childhood education and literacy

Of more than 33,700 Iowa third-graders who took the Iowa Assessment in 2015-16, 23.1 percent were not proficient in reading. ... READ MORE

How can employers create mission-driven companies?

Iowa employers are facing tough competition for employees and changing desires of millennial workers -- who are now the largest generation in the work... READ MORE

Replay sessions from Iowa Ideas 2017

More than 600 people converged in downtown Cedar Rapids in September for the inaugural Iowa Ideas conference. Whether about education or health care o... READ MORE

Iowa towns capitalize on community assets with creative place-making

MAQUOKETA - Rose Frantzen sits on a stool in her Maquoketa studio facing a long canvas. She clenches a handful of different sized brushes in her left ... READ MORE

How can we curb opioid abuse in Iowa?

86 Iowans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, and 2,274 were admitted to hospitals for treatment, according to the Iowa Department of Public H... READ MORE

Diversity, inclusion and free speech on Iowa's college campuses

Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free s... READ MORE

Free clinics fill a gap in local health care

The Affordable Care Act extended health care coverage to about 200,000 Iowans, but gaps still persist. The cost of pharmaceutical drugs is soaring, in... READ MORE

Conference replay: Telemedicine and the future of health care delivery

While chatting with a doctor on a mobile screen might be an unfamiliar experience for many Iowans, telemedicine is quickly sprouting up across the hea... READ MORE

The 'unfortunate bystanders' in homelessness are Iowa's children

IOWA CITY - To fully understand the situation, let's look at some numbers.... READ MORE

Shipping containers in high demand

While some may consider Iowa a flyover state, there's no arguing it's a drive-through state.... READ MORE

How can we create healthy school climates to help all students succeed?

Negative experiences at home don't disappear when students arrive at school.  Experiences like physical, emotional or sexual abuse, having mental ill... READ MORE

Conference replay: The future of Medicaid in Iowa

Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

A student, a researcher, a Regent and a lawmaker weigh in on higher education funding

  Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

Full Q&A: Cedar Rapids mayor and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett

What's on Ron Corbett's mind? ... READ MORE

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