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    Conference attendees talk in the lobby after morning sessions during the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
    Conference attendees talk in the lobby after morning sessions during the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

    Created by The Gazette in 2017, Iowa Ideas is an effort to connect Iowans via events and storytelling, discover solutions to pressing issues facing the state and foster collaboration.

    Your perspective will help elevate Iowa Ideas. Here are a few ways to be part of the project, from following along to active involvement: 

    Join our email list and send to a friend. 

    Sign up using the form on this page and make sure to select the topics that most interest you. We'll occasionally share updates on upcoming events, thought-provoking ideas, and additional ways to get involved - it's the best way to stay current with Iowa Ideas. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the word there.

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    Be an advisor and advocate. 

    Are you an Iowa-based leader in one of our topic areas? Advisors and advocates can help by reviewing and providing feedback on potential sessions and speakers, spreading the word about Iowa Ideas, helping to facilitate conversations and more. If you are interested in being an advisor, contact iowaideas@thegazette.com and let us know a bit about your experience.

    Help us reach diverse groups. 

    We want to make sure Iowa Ideas is open and accessible to people with different backgrounds and different points of view. Are there organizations we should reach out to and invite? Can you make a connection? Let us know at iowaideas@thegazette.com. We also have scholarship and volunteer opportunities, in hopes that cost is not a barrier for anyone to attend Iowa Ideas events. 

    Read and share the Iowa Ideas magazine stories. 

    We made the Iowa Ideas magazine a free publication because we want these ideas to spread! This is in-depth, solutions-focused journalism on the issues shaping the future of Iowa. Find the stories on our website or order issues of the magazine

    Be a sponsor. 

    Multiple sponsorship levels and opportunities are available. If your organization is interested in learning more about sponsoring Iowa Ideas, contact Kelly Buchanan: kelly.buchanan@thegazette.com

    Other ideas? Let us know how you'd like to be involved: iowaideas@thegazette.com.

    Give us feedback

    We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

    Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.