City Life

City Life is Dubuque’s free “citizen academy” program designed to provide residents a hands-on connection with their local government. The program offers residents the opportunity to interact with City staff, learn more about City services and programs, and learn about different opportunities to be involved in city government.

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Apply now for the fall session of CityLIfe! Six in-person sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (November 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23) from 6-9 p.m. as an opportunity for you to get involved in your community. Watch the recordings from the last session of CityLife to see for yourself what the program has to offer.


Provide community members connection to city staff so they can discover relevant information about local government structure and services.


A thriving network of civicly engaged community members sustaining regular connections with each other and city government, for the purpose of exploring government service delivery and accessibility through innovative partnerships, that meet community needs and celebrate differences.

Check out the brochure!

City Life brochure


In 2009, City of Dubuque staff and residents formed the Safe Community Task Force which resulted in a series of recommendations to further community safety. In addition to recommendations related to traditional concerns of lighting, enforcement, police presence, and the physical environment, this group also noted the necessity of having residents who are knowledgeable about department programs, who have access to factual information, and who are engaged with each other in creating a sense of welcoming and connection to the community. Upon researching various best practices around the United States, the Office of Equity & Human Rights decided to develop a pilot “citizen academy” as one step toward these goals which was held on April 4 thru June 6, 2013.