Economic Development


In the interest of public health and controlling the spread of COVID-19, the City of Dubuque is taking steps that include closing most City facilities to public access until further notice. 

View the most recent information about local response.

For your convenience, there are still a number of ways to do business with Economic Development during this time:

If you are a small business experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please work with our partners at the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation to learn about state and federal assistance.

City Ordinance No. 31-21 Title 6 requires everyone three years old and older within the Dubuque city limits to wear a face covering when in public, with some exceptions. Businesses are encouraged to post a legal notice at the entrances of their establishments. 

Low and Moderate Income Owned Business Assistance Grant

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate negative effect it has had on low and moderate income owned businesses, the City is currently accepting applications for the Low and Moderate Income Owned Business Assistance Grant. This grant is designed to assist eligible low and moderate income owned businesses to cover qualifying expenses. The business may qualify for a grant up to $3,000 if all qualifying requirements are met. There is no guarantee that a business will be funded. Applications will be evaluated, and decisions issued in the order completed applications are received through April 30, 2021 or until funds are depleted, whichever occurs first. No grant funds will be awarded after June 30, 2021.

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Who We Are

The City of Dubuque's Economic Development Department strives to create and develop a viable, livable, and equitable community.

Dubuque is open for business...your business! We will accompany your development endeavor whether you are seeking to start a new business, relocate to Dubuque, or expand an existing business in Dubuque.

At the tri-state intersection of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Dubuque connects your business to extensive geographical and talent resource pools. We pride our department on sustainable practices and public-private partnerships where the City works hand-in-hand with private enterprises, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to create a community where your business and employees thrive.

What We Offer

The City of Dubuque's Economic Development Department employs a collaborative model to help your business maximize its resources. The strategies we use to benefit your business include:
  • Incentive programs including local loans, grants, and tax-rebate opportunities which can be combined with state and federal programs to complete a financial package for your business.
  • Community partnership between public and private businesses and organizations aimed at creating mutually beneficial economic development.
  • Investment in the arts to foster economic prosperity through inspiration, education, engagement, and improvement in the quality of life.

Where We Are Going


Dubuque's City Council develops annual and long-term priorities, which are then used to develop our budget and focus. We welcome you to discover how the following development priorities can help your business succeed in Dubuque.

Contact Us

  1. Jill Connors  |  email
    Economic Development Director
    Phone: 563.589.4393
    Staff Directory

    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.