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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Regional Development

This small Iowa town of 700 has seen $39 million in investments

STANTON - Small, rural communities in Iowa have faced challenges for decades as the urban shift has sapped financial resources, people and energy. ... READ MORE

Cedar Rapids forgivable home improvement loan program issues first loans

CEDAR RAPIDS - The fledgling Neighborhood Finance Corporation of Cedar Rapids has closed on eight loans in the two months since the organization began... READ MORE

$50K scholarships fuel wave of development in this Wisconsin town, and Cedar Rapids has similar goals

LA CROSSE, WIS. - When the Lyons family was looking to move off French Island, a neighborhood on the outskirts of La Crosse that was closer to work an... READ MORE

Broadband everywhere is the opportunity rural Iowans need

Smart cities, smart farms, artificial intelligence, internet of things - what do they all need to work properly? Broadband. ... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa: Our child care crisis will not fix itself

As with most other places in the United States, Iowa's data about the well-being of women and girls presents two contradictory stories:... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa: An uphill battle for mid-sized cities

Iowa is a rural state by most considerations, but it also is a state that is becoming persistently more urban.... READ MORE

Iowa communities and businesses work together to find solutions for child care shortages

Five years ago, child care was in even shorter supply in Pella.... READ MORE

Child care center plays a key role in Carroll, Iowa's economic success

CARROLL - Community support has kept the Carroll Area Child Care Center and Preschool thriving for the past four decades in this rural city in west-ce... READ MORE

Troubled times on the Mississippi

Brandon Phillips stood behind the controls of the Sierra Dawn in late October, adjusting the control sticks to steer the twin screw towboat up the Mis... READ MORE

The cost of clean water

In Cedar County, water discharging from the city of Tipton's wastewater facility contains traces of ammonia above the level allowed by federal water q... READ MORE

Charging up: What Iowa will need as it sees more electric vehicles

When Roger Brown had his first electric car, a Nissan Leaf, he would have to drive to Cedar Falls - more than 30 miles from his home in Allison - to c... READ MORE

Autonomous vehicles are coming. Cities need to start planning. Now

The day autonomous vehicles outnumber manned vehicles is coming, and experts say transportation and urban planners, public policy makers and others mu... READ MORE

Iowa Ideas: The key to growing rural Iowa, Des Moines Social Club founder says, is in leadership

CEDAR RAPIDS - Zachary Mannheimer believes any rural town in America can thrive as long as it has two things: a strong development plan and a leader t... READ MORE

Keeping time: Tradition of big band and polka dances surviving, but smaller

A hundred years ago, Bill Ackerman's ancestors farmed the land surrounding his present-day home, which they also built.... READ MORE

Some towns continue to shrink, but many Iowans are choosing to stay

BANCROFT - When Krista Looft first moved to the north-central Iowa town of Bancroft in 2012, she was a little concerned about starting a life here.... READ MORE

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