Goals & Priorities

The Dubuque 2031 Vision Statement

Dubuque 2031 is a sustainable and resilient city and an inclusive and equitable community. Dubuque 2031 has preserved our Masterpiece on the Mississippi and has a strong, diverse economy and expanding connectivity. Our residents experience healthy living and active lifestyles; have choices of quality, livable neighborhoods; have an abundance of fun things to do; and are engaged in the community.

Mission Statement

Dubuque city government is a progressive and financially sound city government with residents receiving value for their tax dollars and achieving goals through partnerships. Dubuque city government’s mission is to deliver excellent municipal services that support urban living; contribute to an equitable, sustainable city; plan for the community’s future; and facilitate access to critical human services.

Five-Year Community Goals for a Sustainable Dubuque

  • Economic Prosperity
  • Environmental/Ecological Integrity 
  • Social/Cultural Vibrancy  

Five-Year City Goals

  • Planned and Managed Growth 
  • Partnering for a Better Dubuque 
  • Improved Connectivity: Transportation and Telecommunications 

Five-Year Organizational Goal

  • Financially Responsible City Government and High Performance Organization

2016 – 2018 Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Central Iowa Water Association: Resolution
  • East-West Corridor Study Implementation 
  • Inclusive Dubuque Action Plan
  • Master Plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island
  • River Cruises Docking Facility

2016 – 2018 High Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • 21st Century Policing Action Plan
  • Citywide Flower-Planting Program
  • Community Health Needs Assessment Plan Including Mental Health
  • Five Flags Center Study
  • Street Maintenance Program
  • Traffic Signal Synchronization Citywide

2016 – 2018 Management Agenda (in alphabetical order):

  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
  • Arts and Culture Master Plan
  • C.H.A.N.G.E. Program (Comprehensive Housing Activities for Neighborhood Growth and Enrichment)
  • Community Security/Surveillance/Traffic Cameras 
  • Housing Tax-Increment Financing (T.I.F.) Program
  • Opportunity Dubuque
For an abbreviated version of the City Council's Goals & Priorities, click here.

To view the Guide to the City of Dubuque 2016-2018 Policy Agenda, click here