The Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Leadership Iowa alumni and the current Leadership Iowa class will join community leaders on Dec. 1 in Ames to discuss innovation and technology.

The meeting is part of ABI’s Connecting Statewide Leaders discussion series. It will be held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at Iowa State University, 2100 Green Hills Drive, in Ames. Participants will learn how to solve challenges of developing, funding and marketing ideas and how employers can use innovation and technology in the workplace to keep employees safe.

There will also be a representative from an investment firm who will discuss why innovation tax credits are important and how companies choose to become investors. Scheduled panelists include Mitchell Messmore, director of computer vision and AI at Inseer Inc.; Gabe Glynn, CEO at MakuSafe Corp.; and Craig Ibsen, managing principal at Next Level Ventures.