Deployment to Employment – Opportunities and Assistance for Veterans

home base logoDubuque County is proud of Iowa’s commitment to veterans and their families and believes our area complements Iowa’s mission to welcome, employ, and honor those who serve our country. We invite you to explore the Greater Dubuque area and discover why it is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family!

A Place to Call Home

Recognized by the National League of Cities as an All-America City in 2007, 2012, 2013, 2017, and 2019, Dubuque County is thriving, with a population of over 96,000 and growing. It is the center for retail, health care, education, employment and entertainment for the tri-state area of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Commuting is hassle-free and we remain one of the safest communities in the country. Dubuque County embraces small-town warmth and friendliness while providing all of the conveniences and advantages of city life.

Local Incentive Package


  • Whether you are searching for the most current job listings, posting your resume, or managing your online applications, this free and innovative tool will connect you to hundreds of prospective employers immediately. Search our area’s open positions now on
  • Educational-based training programs: The Greater Dubuque area has a unique program called Opportunity Dubuque which provides short-term certificate training to upgrade individual skills in high-demand, high-wage careers within the Greater Dubuque area. Opportunity Dubuque helps eliminate barriers to obtaining education through tuition reimbursement, transportation assistance, child care provision and on-going support from education to employment. Qualified veterans willing to learn new skills will have access to this innovative program at no charge to them.
  • Iowa Workforce Comprehensive One Stop Center: Our local center provides customized resources to help advance your career. Services include resume preparation, self-assessment and skill development, career counseling, and job search training. Veterans with significant barriers to employment will receive additional intensive services from a Veterans Representative.


Dubuque is the proud home of three Active Yellow Ribbon Program private universities and one nationally-recognized Veteran Friendly community college. Clarke University, Loras College, the University of Dubuque and Northeast Iowa Community College enroll more than 12,000 students and employ more than 1,600 area residents. These same colleges and universities are all members of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The impact of an educated population on future workforce may be the single most important benefit that our institutions of higher education provide.

To learn more about the educational incentives available to veterans, click here.


  • Newcomer Concierge Service: Moving can be difficult. Greater Dubuque Development's one-stop concierge services for our veterans will help make the transition to civilian life and the Greater Dubuque area seamless. Our staff will provide a direct connection to the information you need to simplify your move to our community. This service ensures that individuals and families who have chosen Dubuque are not only welcomed into the community, but also equipped with the knowledge needed to make the most of the experience. To learn more about our concierge services and how we might assist you, click here.
  • Distinctively Dubuque: This free, interactive learning experience will help you gain valuable knowledge about the community in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This program offers opportunities to meet new people, learn about Dubuque’s arts and culture offerings, recreation spots, things to do, and more, explore the city, participate in networking activities with community leaders and residents, and discover traditions that make Dubuque distinct. To learn more or to sign up for Distinctively Dubuque, click here.

The Greater Dubuque area also offers a variety of veteran resources. To learn more about the veterans resources available in our area, click here.

To learn more about Home Base Iowa and information from the State of Iowa, visit

Home Base Iowa Businesses

The following employers have signed on to be Home Base Iowa Businesses by pledging their commitment to hire veterans. Job opportunities can be found on

A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.

Aaron’s Sales and Lease

Area Residential Care

Alliant Energy

American Customer Care

Berry Global, Inc.

Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel

Betty Jane Homemade Candies

Bimbo Bakeries USA

Bodine Electric Company

Burger King

Burt Steve & Son Garage


Cascade Manufacturing Company

City of Dubuque

City of Peosta

Clarke University

Colony Brands

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Conlon Construction Co.

Copper Kettle

Cottingham & Butler

Crescent Community Health Center

Crescent Electric Supply Co.

Diamond Jo Casino

Digital Canal

Dubuque Marina

Dubuque Mattress Inc

Dupaco Community Credit Union

Dyersville Die Cast

Eagle Point Software

EconoLodge Inn and Suites

EIMCo, Inc.

Engineering Services & Products Company (Farmtek)

Express Employment Professionals

Georgia-Pacific, LLC

Giese Manufacturing

Grand Harbor Resort

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation

Harris Golf Carts

Hawkeye Boat Sales

Higley Industries

Hillcrest Family Services

Hills & Dales

Hirschbach Motor Lines


Home Instead Senior Care



Iowa Greyhound Association


John C. Kaiser Company

John Deere Dubuque Works

KC’s Downtown Auto Center

Kitchen Collection

Little Rascals Preschool & Daycare

Little Treasures Preschool & Daycare

Loras College

MainStay Suites

McCoy Group

Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center

Mi-T-M Corporation

Mississippi Valley Carpet Care LLC

Molo Petroleum, LLC

Morrison Brothers

Multicultural Family Center

Newt Marine

Northeast Iowa Community College

Organic Swine Company

Origin Design

Paul Kern Insurance Agency Inc.

PBS Systems

Pinot's Palette Dubuque

Portzen Construction, Inc.

Prairie Farms Dairy

Progressive Processing, LLC.

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ProPulse, A Schieffer Co.

Prudential Financial

Q Casino

Radio Dubuque (KDTH, KAT-FM, and 101.1 The River)



Sedona Staffing Services

Service Master by Banfield Seven Hills

Shire (BioLife Plasma Services)

Simon's Trucking

Spahn & Rose Lumber Company

The Rose of Dubuque

The View Restaurant

The Yardarm

Thompson Truck & Trailer

Townsquare Media of Dubuque

Transamerican Financial Advisors

Tranz Tech

Uelner Precision Tools & Dies, Inc.

Unison Solutions

United Clinical Laboratories

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital

University of Dubuque


Van Meter, Inc.

Webber Metal Products, Inc.

Wireless Express

Woodward Communications, Inc.

Workforce Opportunity Services