Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | 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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The cost of clean water

In Cedar County, water discharging from the city of Tipton's wastewater facility contains traces of ammonia above the level allowed by federal water q... READ MORE

Charging up: What Iowa will need as it sees more electric vehicles

When Roger Brown had his first electric car, a Nissan Leaf, he would have to drive to Cedar Falls - more than 30 miles from his home in Allison - to c... READ MORE

Autonomous vehicles are coming. Cities need to start planning. Now

The day autonomous vehicles outnumber manned vehicles is coming, and experts say transportation and urban planners, public policy makers and others mu... READ MORE

Iowa Ideas: The key to growing rural Iowa, Des Moines Social Club founder says, is in leadership

CEDAR RAPIDS - Zachary Mannheimer believes any rural town in America can thrive as long as it has two things: a strong development plan and a leader t... READ MORE

Keeping time: Tradition of big band and polka dances surviving, but smaller

A hundred years ago, Bill Ackerman's ancestors farmed the land surrounding his present-day home, which they also built.... READ MORE

Some towns continue to shrink, but many Iowans are choosing to stay

BANCROFT - When Krista Looft first moved to the north-central Iowa town of Bancroft in 2012, she was a little concerned about starting a life here.... READ MORE

How many Iowans are connected to high-speed internet? Depends on your source

For many Iowans, broadband internet connectivity has come to mean more than streaming their favorite TV show or hopping online to see how their fantas... READ MORE

How Iowa towns can revitalize vacant buildings

Doors and window sashes are no longer made in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District. Even so, symbols that it was once a hub of industrial activity are... READ MORE

Iowa's rural roads are far more deadly than city highways

MARSHALL COUNTY - Just 35 minutes into the new year in 2017, Marshall County saw its first fatal crash.... READ MORE

How we got here: School consolidation leads to 11 percent drop in number of districts

The number of Iowa's public-school buildings and districts has been declining steadily for decades.... READ MORE

When Iowa (almost) revived commuter rail

On a normal day, Iowa City's Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station - or Rock Island Depot, as it's commonly called - sits relati... READ MORE

How we got here: Iowa's population shifts

Rural Iowa has struggled for decades to hang on to its residents. Even as the state's total population has grown - although slowly - most areas have s... READ MORE

Has TIF been successful for economic development in Iowa?

For years, Coralville was Iowa's bad boy for its aggressive use of TIF - tax increment financing. Soon we could find out if Coralville was actually th... READ MORE

Investing in the future: Five leaders under 35 discuss how to engage younger Iowans

Ashley Vanorny's path to community service started with the Girl Scouts.... READ MORE

Announcing: new tracks for Iowa Ideas 2018

We are looking forward to new opportunities, new challenges and new conversations in 2018. With this in mind, we are making a few adjustments to the o... READ MORE

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