Iowa Ideas 2019
October 3 - 4 | Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas is 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 consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Iowa Ideas 2017: September 20-22, Downtown Cedar Rapids
250+ Speakers, 80 Sessions, 8 Tracks, 1 Impressive Event

Thank you to all who were part of Iowa Ideas 2017!

We were thrilled with the connections that were made, the ideas that were shared and the discussions that took place.

The event featured 80 discussions on topics ranging from agriculture to health care to education. More than 650 people converged in Cedar Rapids to discuss the future of our state and seek out solutions. 

Find the full recap story here, and check out photos and video from Iowa Ideas 2017 below. And keep in touch! Subscribe to our newsletters to hear from reporters throughout the year, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and reach out any time:



Iowa Ideas 2017 tracks

This track will explore how emerging technologies, changing demographics and policy decisions will reshape one of Iowa's largest industries - now and in the future.

Energy & Environment

Sessions will focus on solutions, fresh approaches and new ideas for issues that will have a long-term impact. How can we balance the ideal and the practical?

Health Care

Opportunities and innovations abound in health care, but so do risks, costs and major hurdles. We'll have detailed discussions with multiple points of view.

Higher Education

Boundary-spanning ideas for the future of higher education – including views from universities, private schools, community colleges and industry partners.

K-12 Education

Re-imagining education for an emerging future. How can we make sure all young Iowans have the education they need to succeed?

Regionalism / Workforce

Exploration of Iowa's changing demographics, new technology trends, key community needs and regional economic development efforts.


This track will include both personal and freight transportation, with an emphasis on safety, accessibility and new technical advances.

Workplace (R)evolution

The workplace culture conference Workplace (R)evolution will join The Gazette's Iowa Ideas Conference 2017. Culture, inclusivity and cutting-edge business practices have been the focal point of Workplace (R)evolution since it was created in 2014.




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