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July 31, 2015
August 11, 2015

10 am - 3 pm
Iowa Weslyan University
Mt. Pleasant, IA
Howe Student Activity Center, 601 N. Main

What can you expect?
  • Presentations by Il & MO State Tourism Directors
  • "Build Great Guest Experiences" session by Phil Bruno, national tourism & hospitality speaker/trainer
  • Networking lunch
  • Resource Fair & Brochure Exchange
  • Interactive Panel Discussion with Iowa Tourism's social media & digital marketing managers
  • And more!
The Future of Infrastructure
Orion magazine published a series of stories that explore the ways in which America’s infrastructure is changing. Our national infrastructure both reflects and reinforces some of the most problematic environmental issues of our time. Project ideas represent some of the most ambitious thinking about the built environment of the future. For example, the Strawscraper (photo above), proposes to transform an existing Stockholm skyscraper into an urban wind farm by covering it in piezoelectric fibers that turn motion into electrical energy. The result is a new kind of wind-power plant that revolutionizes our thinking about how buildings—new or old—can become energy-producing entities.
Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, people in many countries around the world, particularly in Latin America and Africa, list climate change as a top worry. Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners most frequently cite ISIS as their top threat.
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