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IOWA IDEAS 2019
OCTOBER 3-4 CEDAR RAPIDS

To provide 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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Why rural Iowa needs empowering

Editor's note: Iowans' Ideas is a guest column featuring the views of different Iowans in each edition of The Gazette's Iowa ...

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 resource...

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 sin...

$50K scholarships fuel wave of development in this Wisconsin town, and 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 t...

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....

Iowa's affordable housing struggle

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

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 develo...

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....

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...

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