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2012 DubuqueWorks Annual Report

June 25, 2013

Category: Workforce Solutions

2012 DubuqueWorks Annual Report



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A Collaborative Approach to Workforce Development
Collaboration is key among partners to successfully address the full scope of workforce challenges within a community. Greater Dubuque Development has taken workforce development strategy to the next level through a cutting-edge workforce development umbrella entitled Dubuque Works. This regional partnership brings employers, funding partners, workforce experts and educators together to meet the workforce needs of local employers. Dubuque Works focuses on three goals:

  1. (Human Capital): Partners identify and address recruitment, retention and relocation needs as defined by greater Dubuque employers;
  2. (Skill Development): Partners build workforce capacity by enhancing training pathways to meet employer demand;
  3. (Collaboration & Evaluation): Partners combine collaborative workforce efforts with quality research to generate evidence-based practices that improve performance and outcomes for local employers.

What does this mean for you?
Dubuque Works is a critical economic incentive for existing businesses looking to expand as well as prospective clients weighing Dubuque against other site locations around the globe. Dubuque is pro-actively addressing future workforce needs as defined by the community's greatest asset - future and existing employers. Demographic experts and economic development specialists worldwide will tell you that meeting employer’s future workforce needs is the number one challenge for businesses across the economic spectrum. Because of Dubuque Works partners and the robust workforce initiatives already in place, Greater Dubuque Development’s team minimizes risk for key decision makers considering Dubuque for future business needs and potential workforce. Above all, Dubuque Works provides a sense of comfort that Dubuque has a successful mechanism in place for recruiting talent both today and tomorrow, regardless of national shortages.

Each of the Dubuque Works partners has a specific role in this collaborative approach to workforce development. Contact each of them directly to learn more about their participation or view our annual report at the bottom of the page.

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
Sarah Harris, Vice President of Workforce Solutions
563.557.9049
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Telegraph Herald
Joan Schuster, Recruitment Specialist
563.588.5765


Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce
Barry Gentry, Senior Vice President
563.557.9200


Iowa Workforce Development
Peggy Murray, Business Marketing Specialist
563.556.5800 ext. 130


Northeast Iowa Community College
Wendy Knight, Executive Director of Business & Community Solutions
563.557.8271


Dubuque Area Labor Management Council
Kelly Cooper, Executive Director
563.582.8804


Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Eric Dregne, Vice President of Programs
563.588.2700


East Central Intergovernmental Association
Kelley Deutmeyer, Executive Director
563.556.4166