Newcomer Information

Make your move an easy one

Moving can be difficult. That's why we established our Newcomer Services Program, a helping hand to provide a direct connection to the information you need to simplify your move to the Greater Dubuque area.

Greater Dubuque Development's exclusive one-stop concierge services for newcomers will help make your transition to our community seamless. This program ensures that individuals and families who have chosen Dubuque are not only welcomed into the community, but also equipped with the knowledge needed to make the most of the experience.

Our free services include information on the following:

  • Employment opportunities:
  • Personal tours of the community
  • Housing resources: rentals or property for sale
  • Distinctively Dubuque course: a free, interactive learning experience about our community
  • Education: pre-K through higher education
  • Child care
  • Utility information
  • Health care options
  • Worship opportunities
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Social and civic organizations
  • Information on services and businesses in the area
  • Questions you may have, but don't know who to ask

For more information regarding the newcomer services offered by Greater Dubuque Development or to arrange your personal tour of the city, contact Anna Roling, Workforce Solutions Coordinator at 563.557.9049 or by email at

Free Community Tours

Get to know the area through a 90-minute driving tour of the community. Our friendly guides can answer your questions and introduce you and your family to your new home. Tours can be set up through employers or contact Anna Roling to make your own arrangements!

Nelson Klavitter, Community Tour Guide

Nelson Klavitter

Community Tour Guide

Chris Apel, Community Tour Guide

Chris Apel

Community Tour Guide

Renee Meyer, Community Tour Guide

Renee Meyer

Community Tour Guide



A great place to live and work

Settled in 1788 by French Canadian fur trader and early entrepreneur Julien Dubuque, the city still embodies a wonderful sense of his progressive, “on-the move” attitude. Dubuque has grown from a vibrant river town of the early 1800’s to the tenth largest city in Iowa. Still, the city embraces small-town warmth and friendliness while providing all of the conveniences and advantages of city life.Recognized as an All-America City, Dubuque is thriving with a population of nearly 60,000, a county population of just over 97,000, and a regional population of over 339,000. It is the center for retail, health care, education, employment and entertainment for the Tri-state area of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Yet commuting is hassle-free and we remain one of the safest communities in the country. The Greater Dubuque area embraces diversity and takes pride in being a sustainable community that is viable, livable and equitable.

With its serene, natural beauty and historic, Victorian charm, Dubuque continues the tradition of the first pioneers who settled among its inviting bluffs. In addition to being named an All-America City four times, Dubuque has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers, and one of the Smartest Cities on the Planet.

With Greater Dubuque Development's help, you can find everything you need to call Dubuque home including specific information about our city and county governments and interesting facts about the area. So relax! You are not alone on this journey. You have a partner on the ground - Greater Dubuque Development.