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.

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Sen. Joni Ernst ‘cautiously optimistic’ relief from tariffs will come soon

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst this morning sided with Iowa's other senator, Chuck Grassley, in calling for the Trump administration to remove the tariffs it im... 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

Governor signs Iowa CARE Act to help caregivers

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds used a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday to pay tribute to the thousands of 'unsung heroes' in Iowa who voluntarily give th... READ MORE

Iowa medical students placed all over country in 2019 Match Day

IOWA CITY - The Ides of March has nothing on Match Day. ... 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

Housing program keeps Cedar Rapids strong

Neighborhood Finance Corporation is a public-private partnership between the city of Cedar Rapids, local lenders, neighborhood residents and the busin... 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

$50K college scholarships fuels a wave of residential development La Crosse WI, Cedar Rapids has similar goals

LA CROSSE, WIS. - When the Lyons family was looking to move off French Island, a neighborhood on the outskirts of La Crosse that was closer to work an... READ MORE

As state student aid falters, universities step in

Student financial aid from Iowa's public universities continues to grow - as does aid from the federal government, mostly in the form of loans - while... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa: Time to decentralize

Agriculture still is the backbone of rural Iowa. With more than $30 billion in agricultural sales, agriculture provides the foundation for economic ac... READ MORE

Forum focuses on solutions for achievement gap

CEDAR RAPIDS - Transportation, time and communication are three major obstacles to parent and community involvement in Cedar Rapids schools, participa... READ MORE

Broadband everywhere is the opportunity rural Iowans need

Smart cities, smart farms, artificial intelligence, internet of things - what do they all need to work properly? Broadband. ... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa - Our child care crisis will not fix itself

As with most other places in the United States, Iowa's data about the well-being of women and girls presents two contradictory stories:... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa an uphill battle for mid-sized cities

Iowa is a rural state by most considerations, but it also is a state that is becoming persistently more urban. ... READ MORE

Iowans’ Ideas: A guest column featuring the views of different Iowans each edition

The condition of rural health in Iowa is nearing a point of crisis. Changes in payment systems and quality measures, pressure from our state and feder... READ MORE

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