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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Workforce

Mount Pleasant businesses see a challenge in recruiting, retaining workers due to lack of child care

MOUNT PLEASANT - When Gladys Movall adopted her daughter in 2005 - and couldn't find the child care she was looking for - she began her own in-home da... READ MORE

One spot for every three children: The child care shortage of Iowa Falls hurts workforce growth

IOWA FALLS - When Carrie Kube is out and about - shuttling her children to activities or going to the grocery store - child care is on her mind.... 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

Outsourcing at ACT leads to 23 job cuts

ACT will eliminate 23 jobs in Iowa City as part of an outsourcing effort the company first announced two years ago.... READ MORE

How We Got Here: Iowa farms grow in size, but there are fewer of them

Iowa's farms are getting bigger in size but falling in number.... READ MORE

Rural high school students are skipping college. Should we be worried?

For a growing number of American high schoolers - especially those crammed in the country's swelling urban centers - college is a foregone conclusion.... READ MORE

Recruit, retain, repeat: Iowa faces doctor shortage

Health care constantly evolves and shifts, in policy and practice. Iowa providers need to innovate to provide the best care.... READ MORE

Conference replay: The role of immigrants in Iowa's future workforce

As Iowa's employers compete for talent in a state with consistently low unemployment, could immigration be a solution? ... READ MORE

How can employers create mission-driven companies?

Iowa employers are facing tough competition for employees and changing desires of millennial workers -- who are now the largest generation in the work... READ MORE

How automation will change Iowa's workforce

Hiawatha - CCB Packaging's warehouse space here looks like one part "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and one part "I, Robot."... READ MORE

Workforce development: Everyone needs a Wingman

Ethan Anderson had been living in Iowa for a matter of weeks when he spotted an old family friend - a cousin-in-law as they refer to each other - from... READ MORE

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