CORALVILLE — Iowa’s Association of Business and Industry will hold its annual Taking Care of Business conference to Coralville this year for the first time since the 2008 flood cut it short.
The event, set for June 5 through 7 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, will include 18 different workshops on subjects such as cybersecurity and workplace well-being, and offer tours of places such as Kinze Manufacturing and Rockwell Collins.
Keynote speakers for the event include author Marc Goodman, geopolitical strategist Oeter Zeihan and supply chain management expert John “Andy” Anderson.
“This conference is important because it brings Iowa’s leading decision-makers here to Coralville,” ABI President Mike Ralston said. “... They’re the ones who make the decisions on spending, purchasing and those sorts of things, and so it’s a great group to have in your town.”
David Zrostlik, ABI Board chairman and president of Stellar industries in Garner, expects 600 to 700 business leaders to attend the conference this year. Last year’s Dubuque conference saw more than 500 attendees.
During the news conference, Zrostlik said the Corridor was chosen thanks to its geographic location being an easy drive to many attendees and close to the University of Iowa. He said the area is an important “growing economic hub” in the state.
“These are business leaders from all across Iowa, and so to have them all in one location and to see what’s going on in our community is very important and we’re excited to have them back,” said Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth said.
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“2008 was the last time they were here. We had the major floods and so they’ll see a lot of things have changed since they were here the last time.”
The conference will be in the heart of the Iowa River Landing, a district that’s seen significant development in recent years. Still to come is the Iowa Arena project, which includes a 6,200-seat arena, a sports institute and museums, among other features, expected to open in 2019.
Registration for the event is available at abitakingcareofbusiness.com.
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