Iowa Ideas 2023

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Economic Development

Pathways to financial success for urban and rural Iowa.

    Home Rehabilitation initiatives

    This session will look at creative ways communities have worked to address the quality and condition of housing stock in their communities. This session will look at how communities solved funding issues with builders and homeowners and got homes updated. We’ll also look at communities that found ways to lessen the risk to homebuilders for working in communities eager to update homes.

    October 12, 2023 at 10:10AM

    • Chad Schreck

    • Terry Gearhart

    • Erika Kubly


    Keeping Construction

    Forward motion for development projects can be challenged with supply chain issues and construction costs. What are developers doing to create workarounds?

    October 12, 2023 at 11:15AM

    • Chad Pelley

    • Steve Emerson


    The Undermaintained Building


    October 12, 2023 at 1:20PM

    • Jim Tometich


    Coming together for the greater economic good

    Some Iowa communities have banded together to find ways to raise wages of childcare workers, or solve other access or equality issues at a community level. We’ll look at how communities have built momentum and plans to tackle the challenges or economic strategies at a community or regional level.

    October 12, 2023 at 2:25PM

    • Bethany Snyder

    • Emily Schmitt

    • Kaitlin Byers

    • Dave Herrell


    Next steps for 3D printed homes

    Next steps for 3D printed homes. Iowa built its first 3D printed homes in Muscatine and Iowa City this summer, with developers keenly interested in this as an option for rural communities. What was learned this summer and how did these partnerships come together? We’ll look at the construction, the development of training courses to build a workforce and what was learned during construction.

    October 13, 2023 at 8:30AM

    • Ron Monaham

    • Zach Manheimer

    • Abbie Gaffey


    Customized employment

    A session on Iowans who advocate individualized employment for people with disabilities, and how this unique approach is addressing Iowa’s continuous workforce challenges.

    October 13, 2023 at 9:40AM

    • Connie Parrish

    • Theresa Lewis


    The Solar neighbor

    Proposals to build larger solar arrays have run into significant and costly challenges in Iowa (and many other places). Does it always have to be that way? We’ll look at whether residents and businesses have been able to work together in planning processes to advance projects or define community benefits in less-heated ways.

    October 13, 2023 at 10:45AM

    • Charlie Nichols

    • Terry Dvorak

    • Justin Foss

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