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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Frequently Asked Questions

    Jun 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    What is Iowa Ideas?

    What will I gain from attending the Iowa Ideas conference?

    Why is the focus of this project state-wide?

    When will the next magazine be published? How can I get it? 

    How were the track topics selected? What about a track, session or story on [x]? 

    How do you choose your panelists and speakers?

    How can I get involved? 

    Who can I contact for more information?

    Conference accessibility

    Traveling to the conference


    What is Iowa Ideas?

    Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. Launched in 2017, Iowa Ideas is created and produced by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

    Now in our third year, Iowa Ideas will focus on 11 key topic areas, including agriculture, diversity & inclusion, education, energy & environment, health care, human & social services, infrastructure, regional development, policy, workforce, and young professionals. 

    Issues are explored through two mediums: 

    • The Iowa Ideas magazine

      Featuring in-depth, solutions-focused stories, gorgeous photos and informative graphics to help delve deeper than the average newspaper article.

    • The Iowa Ideas conference - October 3 & 4, 2019

      Explore the issues in-person with experts from across the state. This day and half long conference allows individuals to customize their experience by choosing the sessions important to them. Sessions feature moderated panel discussions with audience Q&A to keep attendees engaged. Add in a morning keynote, a lunch keynote and Thursday night activities to make this a don't miss event.


    What will I gain from attending the Iowa Ideas conference?

    Our attendees say they appreciate hearing multiple perspectives on the issues, learning about solutions and connecting with fellow passionate Iowans. 

    Iowa Ideas is designed to be a community building experience around defining issues for our state. There are several potential outcomes – many of which will be driven by the people who participate:

    • Be part of a deep and nuanced conversation, based in fact and with an emphasis on solutions

    • Connect with speakers and fellow attendees who are passionate about similar issues

    • Hear first-hand from newsmakers, be inspired and learn about new ideas

    • Have the opportunity to keep the work and conversations going beyond the events


    Why is the focus of this project state-wide?

    The issues we have identified are not unique to Eastern Iowa. These are issues relevant to our state as a whole and it’s critical we hear and engage all parts of the state when thinking about current state and ideas for the future. 


    When will the next magazine be published? How do I get it?

    The Iowa Ideas magazine is published five times throughout the year. The remaining dates for 2019 are:

    Sunday, July 14

    Sunday, August 25

    Sunday, Oct 27

    The magazine is premium Gazette product included with all Sunday subscriptions. Not a Gazette subscriber? Subscribe today or order the magazine exclusively.


    How were the track topics selected? What about a track, session or story on [x]?

    Each of our tracks represents an industry that has the opportunity to shape the future of Iowa. Many of these major industries are in a state of change - and thus, ripe for exploration and discussion. From our work at The Gazette, we know these topics continue to impact Iowans in a variety of ways. We kept the topics broad with the intent to have many conversations within each track.

    Have an idea of something we should cover? We would love to hear it – drop a line to iowaideas@thegazette.com.


    How do you choose panelists and speakers?

    New in 2019, we have engaged key track experts to participate on our Iowa Ideas advisory councils. Through discussions, topics are selected and concurrently panelists, using both The Gazette's contacts and suggestions along with those of our advisory council members.

    If you have a panelist suggestion, please email iowaideas@thegazette.com and we will review the inquiry against our criteria.

    Note that panelists should not "sell from the stage" -- we have sponsor opportunities available for those offering a product or service that would benefit Iowa Ideas attendees.


    How can I get involved?

    We are always looking for individuals who can help be champions of Iowa Ideas! The best ways to get involved are by volunteering at the event or being an advocate of the project by liking and sharing our Facebook page.

    Volunteer opportunities will open in June 2019. Volunteers receive a complimentary conference pass for working a 4-hour shift and an exclusive Iowa Ideas t-shirt.


    Who can I contact for more information?

    email: iowaideas@thegazette.com

    call: Gazette events manager Elizabeth Kimmel, 319-398-8345

    mail: 
    Iowa Ideas
    500 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids IA 52401


    Conference accessibility

    The Iowa Ideas Conference is committed to providing an inclusive environment. DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex and Theatre Cedar Rapids are both accessible venues enabling conference attendees to attend any session they are interested in, but you will need to travel from space to space if attending multiple tracks. All food & beverage at the conference is provided by DoubleTree by Hilton. If you have a special dietary need, please notate this on your registration.

    Supplemental audio will be provided in each session to ensure attendees can hear the discussion. Interpreters are not currently scheduled, but will be made available upon request – please contact iowaideas@thegazette.com no later than one month prior to the event. Wheelchairs will not be provided by the conference or by the venues. Smoking is not permitted. Service animals are welcome but we reserve the right to ask any service animal to leave if they are being disruptive or causing a potential risk to conference attendees.


    Traveling to the conference

    DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex is the host venue for the Iowa Ideas Conference. The majority of the conference, including registration, will be located inside the DoubleTree. Hotel rooms are available by calling 319-731-4444, mention the Iowa Ideas Conference to receive the group rate.

    The venue is located conveniently off of I-380 at exit 208. Parking is available in the 1st Avenue Parking Ramp on 1st Avenue across the street or skywalk from the DoubleTree. Hourly and daily parking rates may apply.

    If flying, the Eastern Iowa Airport, is a short 15 minute drive from the venue. DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex offers a complimentary shuttle that can be reserved by calling 319-731-4444. Taxi, Uber and Lyft are also available. Public transportation via Route 11 can be found from the City of Cedar Rapids Transit Site or by calling 319-286-5573 for ADA paratransit options.

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