Masterpiece on the Mississippi - a City of History - 11/28/2009
Dubuque, Iowa is built into the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, ranked the third most beautiful place to live in the United States by USA Today Magazine. In 2009 IBM chose Dubuque to locate a 1,300 employee Information Technology Service Center in a downtown office building that is on the National Historic Register.
In a 5 year study Dubuque was selected as the #1 mid-sized city in the country for high tech output. Dubuque was also selected as the #1 city for housing affordablity. From 2006 to 2007 Dubuque was ranked #22 in the country for the rate of job growth. In 2007 and 20008 Dubuque was ranked in the top 100 communities for young people. In 2008 it was selected as the most livable city in the United States with a population under 100,000. In 2007 Dubuque was named an All-America City by the National Civic League.
With 18,000 college students in 7 colleges in the tri-states and the 7th best rated School District in the country, with Senior High chool rated in the top 100, it is a place to educate your children and your workforce. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Dubuque Art Museum, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, three community theaters, USHL Hockey in a new 3.200 seat arena, 1.6 million visitors per year, numerous festivals, two new casinos built at a cost of over $150 million and the activites from several colleges provides abundant access to cultural and entertainment activities. If you want more, 2.9 million people live within 100 miles in college towns like Madison, Wisconsin and Iowa City, Iowa. Chicago,Illinois and Milwaukee,Wisconsin are three hours away and a little furher is Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Besides IBM, major employers include McGraw-Hill, Prudential, McKesson, John Deere, Hormel, Medline, Nordstroms, Quebecor, Heartland Financial, Cottingham and Butler, Mercy Hospital (top 100 hospitals in the country), Medical Associates, University of Dubuque, Clarke College and Loras College.
Dubuque has sustainability as its #1 policy priority defined as a livable, viable and equitable community with environmental/ecological integrity, economic prosperity and social/cultural vibrancy. While this was adopted by a vote of the Mayor and City Council the definition was created by a citizen task force and is supported by the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and through a community dialogue called Dubuque Squared being conduted by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. IBM has designated Dubuque as their Smarter Sustainble City model city for their international Smarter Planet initiative creating a national demonstration of how to use precious resources like water, electricity, natural gas, and vehicle miles traveled through the provision of information to make the best decisions.
Dubuque has hundreds of acres of parks, miles of scenic bike trails and is bordered by the Mines of Spain State Park and the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Dubuque is a Masterpiece on the Mississippi.
Nothing to do - 10/6/2009
Many people say there is not a lot of things to do in this community, but that could not be further from the truth. There are many art/music festivals throughout the year as well as a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, fishing, hunting, etc. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking! I have lived all around the US and I find it wonderfully refreshing living in the midwest![read more...]
Positive recent changes for DBQ!!! - 6/3/2009
If you are looking for a place to move, but don't think Iowa is appealing, you might want to consider Dubuque. DBQ is far from the flat farm land that you might think of when you think of Iowa. The Mississippi and the river bluffs provide outstanding natural beauty. I was born & raised in DBQ. I now live in a different city, but my family is still in DBQ and I regularly visit. I am very happy for the changes in the city since I left. I have read other reviews about the ugly warehouses and deteriorating homes... much of that is changing.
The city has taken many steps to revitilize the riverfront. They have removed many of the old warehouses and the old packing house in order to create a new park and walking place along the river. They also opened up the downtown plaza to traffic in order to spur economic development. It really is very pretty.
DBQ has also had some recent economic growth. IBM has taken a new residence in what had previously been a dead downtown area and will be creating 1,300 new jobs. There is a new meat packing plant being constructed also, this time on the outskirts of town so the smell should not affect too many residential neighborhoods like the old one.
There are still areas of town, especially the lower Rhomberg Avenue area, which are in desparatate need of an "Extreme Makeover." The city should consider a plan to either fix up these homes or bulldoze them. (They are not of any historical significance.)
So, if you are looking for a great place to raise a family, consider Dubuque. The schools are very good, the city is clean, the crime rate is low and the cost of living is incredibly affordable.
Dubuque - Pros/Cons - 2/17/2008
1. Low crime rate
2. Low cost of living and housing
3. Affordable place to live
4. Good school system
5. Historic downtown featured regularly in the movies
6. A lot of amenities for a town its size
7. Recent job growth
8. Diverse, stable economy
9. An overall good place to live and raise a family
1. Not much to do, unless you're into arts and culture
2. The job growth may cause high population growth, which has good and bad consequences
3. Crime, while still low, rises gradually each year[read more...]
Dubuque, Iowa -- "Masterpiece on the Mississippi" - 5/11/2006
Dubuque has been a vibrant river city since the early 1800s. Situated along the Mississippi River where Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet, Dubuque is distinctive because of its steep hills and river bluffs - geographic features that many people don't expect to find in Iowa.
Dubuque has become known as the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi" in recent years due to the dramatic revitalization of its riverfront and downtown. The "America's River" project was a $188 million educational, entertainment and historic riverfront development project in the Port of Dubuque.
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