Distinctively Dubuque

Find your place in Dubuque

Welcome! You've made the decision to move to the Greater Dubuque area. The movers are gone, the boxes are unpacked, and you are settled in. Now it's time to really make this new destination your home. And we’d like to help welcome you with the Distinctively Dubuque program.

Distinctively Dubuque is a free, interactive learning experience where you'll gain valuable knowledge about the community in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The program is a collaboration between Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College. This program is funded by Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, the City of Dubuque, and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.

Hosted by a variety of high-energy presenters with in-depth knowledge of the Greater Dubuque area, the Distinctively Dubuque program offers opportunities to:

  • Meet new people & experience local cuisine
  • Learn about Dubuque's arts and culture offerings, history, recreation, and more
  • Have fun exploring venues around the city
  • Participate in networking activities with community leaders and residents
  • Discover what makes the Dubuque area unique

View Distinctively Dubuque Brochure

The program meets once a week, on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., for five weeks. Each three-hour session includes networking, socializing, and hands-on learning. A meal is also provided. Classes are limited to 29 newcomers.

Distinctively Dubuque is particularly recommended for those new to the community (five years or less). Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The dates for upcoming 2023 Distinctively Dubuque programs:

Session 1: February 1 - March 1
Session 2: March 15 - April 12
Session 3: August 23 - September 20
Session 4: October 4 - November 1


Register Now

To register for an upcoming session or request more information about Distinctively Dubuque, contact Mandi Dolson, Director of Workforce Recruitment & Retention at 563-557-9049 or by email.


Theresia & Julian

Newcomers to the Greater Dubuque region, Theresia & Julian talk about their experience in the Distinctively Dubuque program and what they love about the area. As Julian says, "Dubuque's where it's at!" We couldn't agree more.

Mandi Dolson, Director of Workforce Solutions

Mandi Dolson

Director of Workforce
Recruitment & Retention
563.557.9049
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