Future Summit

By: News Release
Aug 29th, 2018

Registration is now open for four additional Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits throughout the state, increasing opportunities for collaboration to address the state’s shortage of skilled workers.

The day-long summits are scheduled for this fall in the Iowa communities of  Elkader, and Iowa City-Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and in the Cedar Valley region. The events will bring together key stakeholders in education, business, economic development and community organizations to create local strategies to ensure all Iowans are future ready. Plan to attend October 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Keystone Area Education, 1400 N 2nd St. Elkader.

The Iowa legislature passed the Future Ready Iowa Act earlier this year with unanimous, bipartisan support. The Act outlines education, workforce and business collaborative strategies for the state to encourage more Iowans to obtain education and training beyond high school. The 17 summits will provide a platform to convene local leaders around these strategies, creating localized solutions that address the needs of their region.   The Future Ready Iowa Initiative has the goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025.


Partnerships are at the heart of what the Future Ready Iowa Initiative is all about,” Gov. Kim

Reynolds said. “The Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits will provide an opportunity for local

and regional partners to come together and discuss potential solutions based on their area’s

workforce needs and challenges.”

Learn more at FutureReadyIowa.gov and register to attend the summit at FutureReadyIowa.gov/Summits.



For more information about the planning efforts in your area, contact
Kathy Leggett at kathy.leggett@iwd.iowa.gov  515-330-5646