Iowa Employment Conference Sees Record Turnout of Employers

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ALTOONA, Iowa - While event organizers say Iowa is one of the best states for employment right now, hosting a conference of about 700 employers to discuss ways to improve the employee experience can never hurt.

That's what the ninth annual Iowa Employment Conference is all about, event organizer Nan Boland says.

"Especially for a lot of smaller and medium-sized businesses, the business owner wears a thousand hats, and so they can't be perfect at all of it," she said. "So, this is a good opportunity for them to actually kind of learn more maybe outside of their profession."

The two-day conference, which kicked off Wednesday morning at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, offers a multitude of for-credit educational courses approved by various institutions, as well as breakout informational sessions on ways to improve the employee experience at your company - from wellness programs, to benefits and how to retain top talent.

"Iowa is a good place for employment - we have a lot of people coming from out of the state to work here right now - but it does have an issue retaining talent," Boland said. "So keeping people at your business is the trick, and there are a lot of programs and trends we're discussing this week that work well."

The conference runs through Thursday at 4 p.m.

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