Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | 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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Iowans' Ideas: Seven steps in a learning journey

The Chinese have a saying that translates to "it takes 10 years to shape a tree, but 100 years to shape a person." It means we are all a work in progr... READ MORE

Learning curve: Officials wanted a new exam, and maybe they'll finally get it

For three days in March, science teacher Amy Jabens began her mornings in Prairie High School's guidance office, where copies of the Iowa Assessments ... READ MORE

When Iowa (almost) revived commuter rail

On a normal day, Iowa City's Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station - or Rock Island Depot, as it's commonly called - sits relati... READ MORE

Iowans' Ideas: 5 things we need to fix

As Iowans, we tend to believe life is good. After all, we live in a state with safe communities, solid schools and an affordable lifestyle. But do we ... READ MORE

Has TIF been successful for economic development in Iowa?

For years, Coralville was Iowa's bad boy for its aggressive use of TIF - tax increment financing. Soon we could find out if Coralville was actually th... READ MORE

Should college sports share the wealth?

There long has been a separation between the playing field and the classroom when it comes to revenue generated by college sports. But as many Divisio... READ MORE

As school choice movement grows, so does debate over cost

Cassie Mitvalsky never thought she would enroll one of her children in private school.... READ MORE

Announcing: new tracks for Iowa Ideas 2018

We are looking forward to new opportunities, new challenges and new conversations in 2018. With this in mind, we are making a few adjustments to the o... 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

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