Dubuque Works

Working together to enhance the workforce

The Greater Dubuque region takes the development of our greatest asset — our people — seriously. Dubuque Works is a collaborative of regional partnerships with non-profits, workforce experts, government, and educators which focuses on two main goals:

  • Human Capital: Identify and address recruitment, retention, and relocation needs as defined by Greater Dubuque employers; build workforce capacity by enhancing training to meet employer demand.
  • Collaboration & Evaluation: 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 of vital importance to existing companies looking to expand, prospective businesses considering a Dubuque location, and persons looking for career opportunities. Through Dubuque Works, the region is taking a proactive approach to ensure a steady pipeline of talent to support our businesses, and programs to support those seeking prosperity through the dignity and reward of work. Working together at the regional level, we can maximize recruitment and skill development of workforce, regardless of national fluctuations in available talent.

Nic Hockenberry, Director of Workforce Solutions

Nic Hockenberry

Director of Workforce Programming
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Dubuque Works partners include: 

City of Dubuque

Clarke University

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Department of Human Services

Dubuque Area Chamber of commerce

Dubuque Area Labor Management Council

Dubuque Community School District

Dubuque Dream Center

East Central Intergovernmental Association

Emmaus Bible College

Fountain of Youth


Greater Dubuque Development

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

Hills and Dales

Holy Family Catholic Schools

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

IowaWorks of Northeast Iowa

Loras College

Multicultural Family Center

Northeast Iowa Community College

Telegraph Herald

Travel Dubuque

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

University of Dubuque

University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Western Dubuque Community School District

To learn more about Dubuque Works,
read the 2022-2027 Dubuque Works Strategic Plan.


Dubuque Works is made possible through financial support provided by the City of Dubuque, DRA/Q Casino, and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.

For more information about Dubuque Works, please contact Greater Dubuque Development, at 563-557-9049 or by email.