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    K-12 Education and Regionalism / Workforce
  • March 7 | Iowa City
    Higher Education
  • March 28 | Cedar Falls
    Agriculture and Higher Education
  • April 11 | Sioux City
    Agriculture and Energy & Environment
  • April 25 & 26 | Des Moines
    25: Regionalism / Workforce and Health Care, 26: Transportation and K-12 Education
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    Energy & Environment and Transportation
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    Regionalism / Workforce and Transportation
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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? 

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.

Our agriculture discussion will feature research from Elke Brandes, an agronomist at Iowa State, about how new developments in precision agriculture can help both farmers' bottom lines and the environment.

Then, our higher education symposium will feature an update on the costs of higher education from Iowa College Aid, and a panel discussion on how higher education can align with community needs to create win-win-win situations for students, institutions and communities. Meet the panelists here.

Each symposium will also feature time for attendees to work together and connect around shared interests, forming bonds that will help move the conversation forward. 

April 11 | Sioux City

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

 
Agriculture

8:30 a.m. - noon

Energy & Environment

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Our Agriculture symposium will feature two talks: Adam Kiel, of the Iowa Soybean Association, on the latest conservation practices impacting farmers, and Andrew Lauver, a fifth-generation family farmer, on what the next generation of farmers and farming towns need to be successful. 

Then, our Energy & Environment event will include an overview of renewable energy in Iowa and a discussion on new technologies that could help with water quality in Iowa. 

We hope you'll be able to join us on our first Western Iowa stop! Attend one symposium or join both to explore where agriculture and environmental needs intersect. 

 

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

Health Care

1 - 4:30 p.m.

We'll return to Cedar Rapids for our final symposium, focusing on energy consumption, environmental impacts and health care are core issues 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. 

 

 

 

Past event | Cedar Rapids

K-12 Education
Regionalism & Workforce

Thanks to everyone who attended our first event! Read the recaps from regionalism / workforce and K-12 education, and check out photos from the day

Past event | Iowa City

Higher Education

In Iowa City, we had discussions about funding, costs and values - check out the story on a new idea for funding higher education and photos from the day.

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