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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For Iowa farmers, profiting from cover crops may unlock potential

Iowa nearly doubled its acres of cover crops between 2015 and 2017, but the share of farmland with the offseason crops that reduce pollutants flowing ... READ MORE

Iowans’ Ideas: A renewed interest in apprenticeships

Iowa's workforce shortage is well-documented as one of the state's biggest challenges. While there are many effective initiatives, including Iowa's ST... READ MORE

Iowans’ Ideas: At Frontier Co-op, refugees, homeless people, former inmates get second chance

It's no secret Iowa is a great place to live. In fact, Iowa was ranked No. 1 in the country for best place to live according to a 2018 study by U.S. N... READ MORE

Iowans’ Ideas: Future Ready Iowa scholarship can help boost workforce in high-demand jobs

In December 2018 and January 2019, Iowa made news by having the lowest or being tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country. We contin... READ MORE

The pros and cons of water quality strategies in Iowa

The Iowa Legislature last year passed a bill providing more than $270 million over 12 years to reduce nitrate and phosphorus running from farm fields ... READ MORE

In Iowa, a quicker, cheaper path to a college degree is easy as 2+2, 3+1 or 3+3

The typical path to a college degree in Iowa increasingly is branching off, taking detours and merging with others as public universities, community c... READ MORE

Iowans use a lot of energy. Here's how much.

As Iowa's population has grown, so, too, has the state's demand for energy.... READ MORE

This small Iowa town of 700 has seen $39 million in investments

STANTON - Small, rural communities in Iowa have faced challenges for decades as the urban shift has sapped financial resources, people and energy.... READ MORE

Rural Iowa seeks ways to prevent, cope with suicides

Marion County's suicide rate is lower than the statewide rate. But when a Knoxville teen and recent high school graduate died by suicide in late summe... READ MORE

Iowa sees rise in deaths by suicide, but some have hope

Daniel Jasper of Cedar Rapids wasn't counted among Iowa's 423 deaths by suicide in 2011. The 16-year-old was in a residential program at Boys Town, ju... READ MORE

Solving food deserts in Iowa: When small towns lose grocery stores, where do residents turn?

When Lone Tree, an Eastern Iowa city of about 1,300, saw LT's Fine Grocery close in October, it became another rural community across the country to l... READ MORE

Iowa schools struggle to hire and keep bus drivers

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nathan Coon circled Bus 1804, checking its tires for leaks and making sure its service doors were secure, before boarding one of the 10... READ MORE

School resource officers try to educate and prevent social media fallout before it results in arrests

CEDAR RAPIDS - Two Cedar Rapids school resource officers said about 85 percent of the problems they deal with revolve around social media, and a 'good... READ MORE

Cedar Rapids forgivable home improvement loan program issues first loans

CEDAR RAPIDS - The fledgling Neighborhood Finance Corporation of Cedar Rapids has closed on eight loans in the two months since the organization began... READ MORE

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