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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Iowa Ideas 2018 Conference - Full Recap

2018 was a spectacular year for Iowa Ideas. We saw the return of our Iowa Ideas Conference in September, which drew hundreds of speakers, thought lead... 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

Rural sheriff's departments struggle with low staffing levels, tightening budgets

When Jones County Sheriff's Deputy Michele Gehl starts her shift, she knows that for the most part she's on her own. Gehl is Jones County's newest dep... READ MORE

Dakota Access Pipeline, 18 months later

Arlene Bates' Story County farm field has a noticeable depression where the Dakota Access Pipeline is buried.... READ MORE

How We Got Here: Iowa voting patterns

Iowans vote.... READ MORE

From Medicaid to MeToo: Giving voice to critical issues

  During the first morning of The Gazette's two-day 2018 Iowa Ideas conference, a panel of health care experts observed that a worker shortage in the... READ MORE

From Medicaid to MeToo: Giving voice to critical issues

During the first morning of The Gazette's two-day 2018 Iowa Ideas conference, a panel of health care experts observed that a worker shortage in the st... READ MORE

Children's mental health: Young and struggling

Kirsta's son climbed down from peeking over the top of the fridge, where his cat was hiding, and accepted a plate of fish sticks from his mother. The ... READ MORE

Farmland, funding and political will

On a sunny, breezy morning on his farm in October, the fields on Richard Sloan's farm are covered in cut cornstalks and leftover soybean shells. In a ... READ MORE

Giving Voice to Critical Issues: An Overview of Iowa Ideas Conference 2018

During the first morning of the 2018 Iowa Ideas conference, a panel of health care experts observed that a worker shortage in the state's direct care ... READ MORE

Staying on track: A handful of Iowa schools offer child care for student parents

Starr Wheeler was sneaking out, screaming at her parents and, as she characterized it, being "a bad kid."Kicked out of the house by age 18, she was sl... READ MORE

Split: research efforts and their connection to economic development

In a University of Iowa clinic in Coralville this past summer, health care providers became the first in the nation to begin using autonomous artifici... READ MORE

Iowa's affordable housing struggle

Demetrius Cuevas is a Navy veteran suffering from PTSD and with an aging mother in need of care.... READ MORE

Mother, child and the state of maternal health care in Iowa

Cailee and Tanner Wenger live in Water's Edge, a picturesque development north of Washington, Iowa, that has residents trading in lake life for "pond ... READ MORE

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