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Iowa Tech Forward Webcast
October 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Connected Commerce Council (3C) is pleased to host The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Technology Association of Iowa for a webinar to discuss the importance of technology platforms and digital tools for empowering Iowa businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will also cover the need for elected officials to promote continued economic development in Iowa and preserve the accessibility and affordability of these critical digital services.
The conversation will cover the innovation driving growth and recovery in the “Silicon Prairie,” the digital infrastructure supporting Iowa’s small business community, and the current legislative environment surrounding tech.
The significance of digital tools amidst the pandemic has been underscored by a recent study confirming the existence of a “Digital Safety Net” that has enabled many small businesses to survive and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 – in some cases, becoming stronger and more agile in the process.
Keynote Speaker: Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand
Brian Waller, President, Technology Association of Iowa
Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Greater Des Moines Partnership
12:30 pm: Keynote and Introductory Remarks from State Auditor Rob Sand
12:40 pm: Panel I: A Conversation on Small Business and Digital Commerce in Iowa; Moderated by Jake Ward, President, Connected Commerce Council, Participants include Iowa small businesses
1:05 pm: Panel II: A Conversation on Policy, Economic Development, and Technology; Moderated by Jake Ward, Participants include Brian Waller of Technology Association of Iowa and Mike Colwell of The Greater Des Moines Partnership
1:25 pm: Closing Remarks from Jake Ward