Dubuque Works

Working together to enhance the workforce

Greater Dubuque Development has taken workforce development to the next level with Dubuque Works, a collaborative regional partnership of employers, funding partners, workforce experts, and educators.

Dubuque Works focuses on three goals:

  • Human Capital: Partners identify and address recruitment, retention, and relocation needs as defined by Greater Dubuque employers;
  • Skill Development: Partners build workforce capacity by enhancing training to meet employer demand;
  • 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 of vital importance to existing companies looking to expand, as well as prospective businesses considering a Dubuque location. Through Dubuque Works, the region is taking a proactive approach to ensure a steady pipeline of talent to support your business. Working together at the regional level, with an eye on the future of your workforce needs, we can minimize your risk—and maximize your success, regardless of national fluctuations in available talent.

Nic Hockenberry, Director of Workforce Solutions

Nic Hockenberry

Director of Workforce Solutions
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Dubuque Works partners include: 

City of Dubuque

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce

Dubuque Area Labor Management Council

Dubuque Community School District

Dubuque Dream Center

East Central Intergovernmental Association

Fountain of Youth

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation

Holy Family Catholic Schools

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

IowaWorks of Northeast Iowa

Multicultural Family Center

Northeast Iowa Community College

Telegraph Herald

Travel Dubuque

United Way Services, Inc.

Western Dubuque Community School District

To learn more about Dubuque Works, view the 2017–2022 Strategic Plan or read the Dubuque Works Year Three Update.

Dubuque Works is made possible through financial support provided by the City of Dubuque, Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, 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.



Greater Dubuque Development, in partnership with Dubuque Works, has prepared a 2021 Student Employer Connection Guide to help connect area employers with local educational institutions. Click to download the guide.