Greater Dubuque Takes Top Honors at MAEDC Conference

Monday, December 12, 2016

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The Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) presented Greater Dubuque Development Corporation with four honors at the 2016 Economic Development awards held December 5, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Dan McDonald, Vice President of Existing Business, accepted the awards on behalf of Greater Dubuque Development. The ceremony was part of the annual Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum held by MAEDC.

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation took First Place in the following categories:

  • Annual Report for the 2015-2016 Report
  • Business Retention & Expansion for the InfoAction Program
  • Workforce Development for the HR Action Program

Greater Dubuque Development was also awarded the 2016 Deal of the Year for the Alliant Energy Solar Project. Announced in June 2016, Greater Dubuque Development’s Sustainable Innovation team collaborated with Alliant Energy, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., and the City of Dubuque to create a two-site solar-utility development. The solar array, anticipated to start power generation in late 2017, will be the largest in the state of Iowa and will bring a large portion of green energy to the local grid. The Deal of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the location of a new or existing business, a type of economic development project having a major impact on a Community or Region, or the exhibiting of excellence by an economic development organization.

The Mid-America Economic Development Council is a multi-state association dedicated to being the leading resource for education, making connections, and sharing best practices for economic development professionals. For more information about The Mid-America Economic Development Council, please visit

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