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

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Regionalism / Workforce

Exploration of Iowa's changing demographics, generational leadership, community engagement and emerging industries. Plus, regional issues - how can we all work better, together?

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

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

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

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

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

Immigrants 'propping up' Iowa population growth

CEDAR RAPIDS - Immigration accounted for more than 40 percent of the state's population growth since 2010, and those new Iowans could provide a counte... READ MORE

$200 million Apple deal debated during Iowa Ideas panel

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Iowa Chamber Alliance's chief executive on Thursday defended the use of $200 million in financial incentives to lure an Apple data ... READ MORE

How automation will change Iowa's workforce

Hiawatha - CCB Packaging's warehouse space here looks like one part "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and one part "I, Robot."... READ MORE

The hometown: St. Ansgar residents rally to preserve quality of life

ST. ANSGAR - By their early 30s, Tyler and Katie DeMaris had the lifestyle many Iowans that age work toward - three kids, a home in an upscale neighbo... READ MORE

Rachel Hatch, futurist and community vitality expert, to keynote regionalism / workforce track

Rachel Hatch, program officer for community vitality at The McConnell Foundation, will keynote the regionalism / workforce track at Iowa Ideas 2017. H... READ MORE

Accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces modeled to boost Iowa business

Emily Carlson's day was not going as planned.... READ MORE

Entrepreneurs: The solution to rural economic revitalization?

Main Street in Coggon is disappearing.... READ MORE

Iowa Ideas: More women in leadership jobs seen as key

CEDAR RAPIDS - Corporations need to improve opportunities for women - particularly advancement to leadership jobs, Diane Ramsey, chief executive offic... READ MORE

Workforce development: Everyone needs a Wingman

Ethan Anderson had been living in Iowa for a matter of weeks when he spotted an old family friend - a cousin-in-law as they refer to each other - from... READ MORE

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