Iowa Ideas
Iowa Ideas

To provide a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience

designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Iowa Ideas

Iowa Ideas 2018 conference tickets now on sale

Jan 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Sept. 20-21, 2018: Thursday morning through midday Friday

    Pricing and registration


    Downtown Cedar Rapids: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

    If you want to have a voice in shaping the future of Iowa, Iowa Ideas is for you. Building on the success of our inaugural conference, we'll convene another gathering exploring key issues, discovering solutions and connecting Iowans to state leaders. 

    During a day and a half of learning together, attendees will hear a variety of perspectives from Iowa and beyond, take in a keynote luncheon and have plenty of opportunities to network. 

    Eight key topic areas will be explored:  

    • Agriculture

    • Education

    • Energy & Environment

    • Workforce

    • Health Care

    • Human & Social Services

    • Policy

    • Regional Development

    Plus two special collaborations:


    Attendees of our inaugural conference said they valued our solutions focus, multidisciplinary view and the chance to hear a variety of perspectives directly from state leaders:

    "I was struck by the number of great topics, great presenters, great ideas and the opportunity to listen, learn and network. The Gazette is doing exactly what Iowa needs more of -- deep and wide attention to issues that need new ideas and new people carrying them forward."

    -- John, Ankeny

    "The conference felt very 'Iowan' in the best sense - it was awesome to network with others from outside your field of work and just get a chance to 'think bigger' for a couple days about what could be."

    -- Rachel, Cedar Rapids

    "The Gazette has recognized the need for community engagement around the issues and opportunities we share. To have a non-political, non-partisan forum for interacting around complex issues and problems we need to address is essential to sustainability.”

    -- Tom, Mount Vernon


    Tickets are now on sale for the early-bird rate of $200. Prices increase August 7!

    Student and group rates are available -- see all options at our registration page.

    Scholarship and volunteer opportunities are also available -- read more and apply.

    Register today

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