EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement - 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Dubuque a recipient of its 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. Competing in the “Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization” category, Dubuque was selected for revitalization efforts in the Historic Millwork District and Washington Neighborhood. The EPA produced a video featuring Dubuque’s efforts related to smart growth. The video will be shown at the awards ceremony and link is available at: www.cityofdubuque.org/smartgrowthaward.
All-America City - 2013, 2012, 2007
For the third time in six years, Dubuque has been named an All-America City. The All-America City award recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. Awarded by the National Civic League, it is the nation’s most prestigious and oldest civic recognition program. Read News Release.
America's Crown Community - 2013, 2009, 2003
Dubuque was one of only three cities in the country to receive this award. The award acknowledges the recent completion of Dubuque’s Water & Resource Recovery Center project, a three-year, $65 million upgrade of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.. Read News Release
#14 on "America's Best Small Cities To Move To" - 2013
MOVOTO Real Estate named Dubuque to it's list of "America's Best Small Cities To Move To."
10th Most Secure Small City in the U.S. - 2013
Farmers Insurance named Dubuque to it's list of most secure small cities in the U.S.
Fastest-Growing Economy in Iowa in 2012, 27th Fastest-Growing Nationally - 2013
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis has named Dubuque the fastest-growing economy in Iowa and the 27th fastest-growing nationally (2012)
Dubuque Soars in Upward Mobility
Recent findings from The Equality of Opportunity Project show that children raised in the greater Dubuque area are among the most likely in the nation to move upwards into a higher income class. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, found that children who were born to parents in the nation’s lowest income quintile had a 17.9% chance of being in the highest income quintile before reaching age 30. This is well above the national average of 10.6% and, of the 741 metropolitan commuting areas examined, places Dubuque in the top 60.
When compared to similar-sized commuting areas with a population between 150,000 and 200,000, Dubuque ranks first out of 58, and by a sizable margin; Dubuque’s 17.9% likelihood is 2.1% greater than the next-highest probability, and is nearly double the national average of 9%. Dubuque ranks first among the ten largest cities in Iowa, also, with nearly a 3% higher probability than the next-largest city at 14%.
Ten Great Places to Live - Kiplinger, July 2013
Dubuque was named to Kiplinger Personal Finance's list of 10 Great Places to Live for 2013.
The rankings place an emphasis on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of 1 million or less that have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care, according to a news release.
Smarter Sustainable Dubuque Named to Top 25 Innovations in Government - Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, May 2013
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University has named Smarter Sustainable Dubuque as one of the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Award competition. The Top 25 government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care..
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Dubuque Named 10th "Best-Performing" Small Metro - 2013
The Milken Institute’s 2013 Best-Performing Cities Index, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth, ranks the Dubuque metropolitan area 10th out of 179 small U.S. metropolitan areas. Dubuque moved up 5 spots from 2011’s 15th place ranking.
Ranked 14th in Nation "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" - Forbes, August 2013
Dubuque has scored another U.S. Top 20 recognition ranking 14th on Forbes’ list of “Best Small Places for Business and Career.”
The ranking took into consideration 12 metrics related to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth over the past five years, educational attainment (college and high school) and projected economic growth through 2014.
Named 5th in the U.S. in "Top Metropolitan Areas" - Site Selection Magazine, 2013
The nation’s leading publication for site-location and corporate real estate professionals has placed Dubuque with some elite company for business growth and expansion. Site Selection Magazine’s annual “Top Metropolitan Areas” places Dubuque at 5th in the U.S. for Metro areas with under 200,000 people.
100 Best Communities for Young People - 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007
The America's Promise Alliance 100 Best competition recognizes the 100 outstanding communities across America—large and small, rural and urban—that are the best places for young people to live and grow up. Dubuque has been recognized for the honor in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
#1 in Iowa for Private Sector Job Growth - 2012, 2011, 2010
Iowa Workforce Development ranks Dubuque as #1 in Iowa for Private Sector Job Growth in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
One of 26 Metros to Completely Recover Jobs Lost During Recession - 2012
The U.S. Conference of Mayors named Dubuque as one of only 26 metros to completely recover jobs lost during the recession.
#4 Among Overall Metros with the Biggest Average Annual Increases in Wages and Salaries - 2012
The Atlantic Cities named Dubuque as #4 among metros with the biggest average annual increases in wages and salaries.
#3 Among Top 20 Midwest Cities - 2012
#7 Among Top 50 Small Cities - 2012
#6 Among Top 25 Small Cities in Economic Strength Factors - 2012
#16 Among Top 100 Overall Cities - 2012
#8 Among Top 25 Small Cities in "Recession Busting" Factors - 2012
#2 Among Top 10 Places for Healthcare - 2012
A study by The Commonwealth Fund looked at 43 indicators of health system performance in four major areas: access, prevention and treatments, costs and potentially avoidable hospital use, and health outcomes. Dubuque was named #2 out of the Top 10 Places for Healthcare.
Second-Place Honors in the City Cultural Diversity Awards - 2012
The National League of Cities' National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials awarded Dubuque second-place honors in its City Cultural Diversity Awards, which showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity.
Dubuque Ranks #5 for Resiliency - Building Resilient Regions, 2011
Dubuque was named one of the most resilient cities in the nation. The city was ranked fifth out of 361 cities nationwide in a study of resiliency capacity that evaluates a community's economic capacity to bounce back from adversity, strength of demographics, and community connectivity.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Certificate of Achievement - 2014
This is the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The City has received this award for 26 consecutive years.Read News Release
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - 2012
According to the GFOA, this award reflects the commitment of the City and City staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. The City has received this award for seven consecutive years. Read News Release
Top 20 in U.S. for Job Growth - 2011
The Dubuque metropolitan statistical area ranks 18th nationally, the only Midwestern region in the U.S. Top 20 job growth rankings by Moody's. Moody's analyzes the top 392 metro areas in the country.
International LivCom Awards, 3rd Place - 2010
Dubuque was named a third-place finalist and gold-standard community at the International Awards for Livable Communities (LivCom). Dubuque was the highest-ranked American city in the “whole city” award category for communities with populations of 20,000 - 75,000. Read News Release
Best Small City to Raise a Family - 2010
Dubuque was named the top-ranked city in the nation on Forbes’ list of “The Best Small Cities to Raise a Family.” The listing ranked cities with populations under 100,000 by quality-of-life measures that make living easier for families, such as education level, median household income, rate of home ownership, housing affordability, and average commute time. Read News Release
One of the Ten Smartest Cities on the Planet - 2010
Fast Company, a business magazine, recently named Dubuque number eight among their Top 10 Smartest Cities on the Planet. The magazine focused on IBM's impact on the city and the 2009 declaration that Dubuque would become the "first integrated, smart city" in America, with interlocking systems watching the interplay between water, electricity and transportation.
Dubuque was the only city in America on the list.
Healthy Iowa Community - 2010
Dubuque was awarded for its efforts in wellness, activity, programming, financial commitment, measurability and sustainability. Read News Release
Excellence in Economic Development Award - 2010
Dubuque earned the Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Public-Private Partnerships for the redevelopment of the Roshek Building. This program annually recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Read News Release
All-Star Community - 2010
Dubuque was one of five of Iowa’s 947 cities to be named a 2010 All-Star Community. The project was recognized specifically for sustainability. The All-Star Community Award is one of the most prestigious honors presented by the League to cities. Read News Release
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - 2010
According to the GFOA, this award reflects the commitment of the City and City staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. The City has received this award for five consecutive years. Read News Release
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Certificate of Achievement - 2010
This is the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The City has received this award for 22 consecutive years. Read News Release
Most Livable Small City - 2008
Outstanding Achievement Award for Cities Under 100,000 Population. This award honors mayors and their city governments for developing programs that enhance the quality of life in urban areas. Presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.