Home Base Iowa to Co-host 11th Annual Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference

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DES MOINES - Home Base Iowa (HBI) will partner with the Iowa Academic Council on Education (ACE) to host the 11th Annual Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference on Oct. 13, 2020. The conference will be held virtually on Zoom from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. This year's theme is "Our Vision Forward: Engaging all of Iowa" and is structured around three general areas of focus: Businesses, Communities, and Institutions of Higher Education. The conference is intended to increase synergy and collaboration across Iowa in support of our Veterans, military personnel and family members.

"Working together, we can make Iowa the state of first choice for Veterans, transitioning military personnel and their families," said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. "This conference will focus on creating new ways to recruit Veterans to Iowa as well as develop more awareness of the benefits to hiring Veterans regardless of the industry."

"Higher Education is often the first place that many Veterans are reintegrating into civilian life," said Matt Miller, President of ACE and Director of Veterans Services at the University of Iowa. "We are excited to partner with Home Base Iowa this year to co-host the Annual Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference."

Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver a message during the conference to recognize the commitment made by over 100 HBI communities statewide. Keynote speakers include Retired Major General Timothy Orr and Brigadier General Shawn Ford, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. The event will also have breakout sessions for participants on topics such as how to become an HBI community and how businesses can leverage HBI to build their workforce.

The event is available at no cost to the attendees. Register for the Zoom webinar with this link. For more information contact HBI@iowa.gov

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