Supporting City and Community Goals


Supporting City and Community Goals
Planned and Managed Growth
  • Promote economic development to assure a vibrant regional economy
  • Continue support for economic and community growth through the annexation study and industrial park development
  • Continue to support efforts to implement strategic plans including the Historic Millwork District Master Plan, the Downtown Master Plan and the Washington Neighborhood Reinvestment Strategy.
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Partnering for a Better Dubuque
  • Iowa Rivers Revival named Dubuque “River City of the Year” in recognition of the City Council and community’s visionary efforts to revitalize its connections to the Mississippi River
  • Participate as a member of the Iowa Metro Coalition to address State regulations around flood disaster funding and other legislation impacting large cities.
  • Partner with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce to host a series of congressional visits in Washington, DC and Dubuque to advance local priorities and policy and identify alternative funding sources.
Improved Connectivity – Transportation and Telecommunications
  • Successfully negotiated with the State of Iowa to ensure completion of the SW Arterial through a memorandum of understanding transferring jurisdiction of the SW Arterial to the State.
  • Protected existing Air Service for local businesses and residents through the support of new terminal facility, retaining Contract Tower and monitoring regulatory changes.
  • Increase access and efficiency for transit and non-transit dependent riders with expansion of The Jule Nightrider route and system route changes.
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Financially Responsible City Government and High Performance Organization
  • Maintained Dubuque's Aa1 Moody's bond rating and status of having the lowest tax rate of the ten largest cities in Iowa
  • Received $98.5 million State of Iowa Flood Disaster Grant to support the Bee Branch Watershed project

Economic Prosperity
  • Actively seek partnerships to promote economic and community development initiatives
  • Support and participate in Inclusive Dubuque to create a vibrant and welcoming community that attracts and retains global talent.
  • Dubuque recognized as the fastest-growing economy in Iowa and the 27th fastest-growing nationally by US Department of Commerce
  • Dubuque named in Top 60 in the nation for Upward Mobility by the Equality Opportunity Project.
Social/Cultural Vibrancy
  • Dubuque was named a 2013 All-America City by the National Civic League, for the third time in six years. The award recognizes civic engagement to address challenges.
  • Dubuque was named a 2012 and 2013 Pacesetter community by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading based on a community plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade.
  • Dubuque was recognized in 2013 as number 5 on the Top Metropolitan Areas among metros with populations under 200,000 by Site Selection Magazine.
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Environmental Integrity
  • Smarter Sustainable Dubuque was named as one of the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovation in American Government Award competition by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
  • Dubuque was name as a Crown Community by American City & County magazine for the Water Resource & Recovery Center. This project resulted in the reduction of our municipal carbon footprint by and includes the creation of renewal energy to heat and power the Center’s buildings.