Iowa manufacturers are turning to automation as a way to continue to keep production up and to grow despite tight labor supply. What does this mean for employers, and what opportunities and risks does it make for Iowa's economy? Will Iowa be able to grow enough people to keep Iowa's manufacturing sector competitive with other regions?
Panelists include: Abhay Grover, Digital Lab Manager, CIRAS, Iowa State University; Jeremy Walter, Regional Automation Manager, Acieta; Emily Logan, Dean of Industrial Technologies, Kirkwood Community College. Moderated by: John Steppe, The Gazette.
This session was part of the 2020 Iowa Ideas Conference presented by ITC and held Oct. 15-16, 2020. This session originally occurred at 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2020. This session was presented with assistance from Workforce Track sponsor CorridorCareers. The two-day conference hosted by The Gazette brings together policy makers, experts and community members passionate about the state's future. For more replays, visit