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The deadline is approaching quickly to nominate for Leadership Iowa, Iowa’s premier statewide issues awareness program hosted by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation.

Leadership Iowa provides an eye-opening opportunity for 40 current and emerging Iowa leaders to visit eight different locations across the state and rediscover what makes Iowa such a special place to live and work. The program is designed to educate, inspire and grow a network of informed leaders and to encourage their ongoing local and statewide engagement to create a better future for Iowans.

“If not for Leadership Iowa, I wouldn’t see my community in the well-rounded way I am able to see it now – how economic development, education, health care, manufacturing, agriculture and government are all vital and interconnected,” said Maggie Popp Reyes, fourth judicial district judge in Council Bluffs and Leadership Iowa graduate with the class of 2016-17. “I now know firsthand the ways Iowa is thriving, growing and succeeding.”

More than 1,000 leaders from across Iowa and from all industries have graduated from Leadership Iowa over the past 36 years.

The program is open to all current and emerging leaders interested in learning about issues important to Iowa and exploring a variety of outstanding communities and organizations. Leadership Iowa offers participants a seat at the table with some of our state’s top subject-matter experts, as well as unique opportunities to connect with leaders of diverse opinions, occupations and backgrounds. The program gives participants the tools they need to have a positive impact on organizations, communities and Iowa.

Nominations can be made online at and will be accepted through May 1 for the 2019-20 class, which begins in October. Individuals must first be nominated to apply for the program. Self-nominations are also accepted. Contact or 515-235-0570 with questions.