Opportunity Dubuque Takes Top Honors at Mid-America Economic Development Council Conference

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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Opportunity Dubuque Takes Top Honors at Mid-America Economic Development
Council Conference

Dubuque, Iowa, December 6, 2017 -  The Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) selected Opportunity Dubuque as the winner for the Workforce Development category at the 2017 Economic Development awards held December 4, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Kristin Dietzel, Vice President of Workforce Solutions, accepted the awards on behalf of Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College. The awards are part of the annual Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum held by MAEDC.


Opportunity Dubuque is an employer-driven job training model developed in response to local employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. Individuals complete industry-recognized certificates at Northeast Iowa Community College to lead directly to employment, upgrade skills, or continue further education in the field. Through partnerships with area businesses, educational institutions, economic development agencies, and philanthropy, training is typically made available to qualified candidates at no cost.

The program is a win-win for the students and employers, Opportunity Dubuque builds career pathways for students to enter the workforce and continue their education and training, upskilling the overall candidate pool of the region while filling employers’ needs for talent in high-wage, high-demand careers.

Entities behind the program include Dubuque Works partner organizations—Greater Dubuque Development, Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque Community Schools, The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and Iowa Works. Funding partners include the City of Dubuque, Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.                    

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 www.midamericaedc.org.

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation serves the Greater Dubuque region with focus on Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Solutions, National Marketing, Sustainable Innovations, StartUp Dubuque, and Dubuque’s True North. For more information on Greater Dubuque Development, please visit www.greaterdubuque.org.

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