Goals & Priorities

The 2035 Dubuque Vision Statement

Dubuque 2035 is a sustainable and resilient city and an inclusive and equitable community. Dubuque 2035 has preserved our Masterpiece on the Mississippi, 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 progressive and financially sound 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.

City of Dubuque Goals 2024

  • Robust Local Economy: Diverse Businesses and Jobs with Economic Prosperity
  • Vibrant Community: Healthy and Safe
  • Livable Neighborhoods and Housing: Great Place to Live
  • Financially Responsible, High-Performance City Organization: Sustainable, Equitable, and Effective Service Delivery
  • Sustainable Environment: Preserving and Enhancing Natural Resources
  • Partnership for a Better Dubuque: Building Our Community that is Viable, Livable, and Equitable
  • Diverse Arts, Culture, Parks, and Recreation Experiences and Activities
  • Connected Community: Equitable Transportation, Technology Infrastructure, and Mobility

Policy Agenda

Policy agenda items are issues that need direction or a policy decision by the City Council, or need a major funding decision by the City Council, or issues that need City Council leadership in the community or with other governmental bodies.  The policy agenda is divided into top priorities and high priorities.

2018 – 2020 Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Affordable Childcare Study and Funding
  • Five Flags Center: Direction and Funding
  • Inclusive Dubuque Support
  • Major Streets Improvement: Plan, Direction, and Funding
  • Poverty Reduction: Action Plan
  • River Cruise Docking Facilities: Direction
  • Winter Farmers Market: Location and Funding Support

2018 – 2020 High Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Bee Branch Floodwall Gates Funding
  • Central Avenue Corridor: Economic Revitalization
  • Crime Prevention Program: Maintenance
  • Debt-Reduction Plan: Continuation
  • Mental/Brain Health Strategy and Action Plan
  • New Financial Software: Funding
  • Pet-Friendly Community: Policy Direction and Actions
  • Street Maintenance Program: Funding Level

Management Agenda

Management agenda items are issues for which the City Council has set the overall direction and provided initial funding, may require further City Council action or funding, or are major management projects that may take multiple years to implement.  The management agenda is divided into top priorities and high priorities.

2018 – 2020 Management Agenda Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • CHANGE Program: Implementation
  • Crescent Community Health Center Expansion
  • Dubuque’s True North Housing Initiative
  • Multicultural Family Center Expansion
  • Riverfront Master Plan (US Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Transit Vehicles Replacement
  • Veterans Pond Development and Direction

2018 – 2020 Management Agenda High Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • City Performance Measurements/Open Data/Data Governance
  • Citywide Departmental Work Order System
  • Comiskey Park Renovation
  • Community Security/Surveillance System Expansion
  • Housing Needs Assessment Report
  • Resident Satisfaction Survey
  • Residential Housing Upgrade/Bee Branch HUD Flood Protection
  • Water & Resource Recovery Center: Nutrient Trading

CLICK HERE for the full 2018 City Council Goals & Priorities brochure, which includes the Management in Progress and Major Projects lists.