Rebuilding for Resilience: How Will Iowa Thrive After the Pandemic?

On Tuesday, August 18, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host:  Rebuilding for Resilience: How Will Iowa Thrive After the Pandemic?  Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart will take part in this virtual forum which focuses on the specific challenges Iowans are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and visions for the path forward.

What will the recovery from the pandemic look like for Iowa, and what role will different sectors play? The state faces many challenges, especially given its urban and rural economies and the importance of its farms and businesses to the nation’s supply chain. Government, industrial, and nonprofit leaders will consider the challenges Iowa has faced during the pandemic, as well as the roles that government, philanthropy, education, and the business sector can play to ensure a recovery in which all Iowans can thrive.

This panel, as other Project Hometown events, brings together civic leaders, expert researchers and Chicago Fed staff to address civic issues from diverse perspectives and examine how places can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities and grow stronger.

The event will convene the following experts:

  • David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (moderator)
  • Johnny Alcivar, Program Director, Proteus, Inc. (panelist)
  • Kanlaya Barr, Senior Economist, John Deere (panelist)
  • Quentin Hart, Mayor of Waterloo, IA (panelist)
  • Dave Swenson, Research Scientist, Iowa State University (panelist)

The forum will begin online at 10:00 a.m. CDT on August 18 and is open to the public and press. Register at and please visit for more information.