City Life

A thriving network of civicly engaged community members sustaining regular connections with each other and city government, for the purpose of exploring government service delivery and accessibility through innovative partnerships, that meet community needs and celebrate differences.

Provide community members connection to city staff so they can discover relevant information about local government structure and services.  

Note: City Life is designed for residents to experience a hands-on connection with their local government. As a result, the vision and mission of the program may change as more residents go through the program and contribute in the program design and implementation. 

Here are top reasons you should participate in the City Life program:

1. Discover how 17 City departments inform their yearly work, develop their budgets, and allocate resources.
2. Find out all City services, grants, and programs available for you.
3. Get involved with the City work and find the key ways you can stay engaged with the City's work.
4. Enjoy tours of key City facilities.
5. Meet face-to-face with 17 City department managers.

City Life will occur from September 20th, 2016 - October 25th, 2016

 Registration forms can be:
1. Filled out online by clicking here.
2. Downloaded here by clicking here.
3. Picked up at the Human Rights Department: 1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001; 2nd Floor.



In 2009, City of Dubuque staff and residents formed the Safe Community Task Force which resulted in a series of recommendations to further community safety. In addition to recommendations related to traditional concerns of lighting, enforcement, police presence, and the physical environment, this group also noted the necessity of having residents who are knowledgeable about department programs, who have access to factual information, and who are engaged with each other in creating a sense of welcoming and connection to the community. Upon researching various best practices around the United States, the Human Rights Department decided to develop a pilot “citizen academy” as one step toward these goals which was held on April 4th until June 6th of 2013. 

Check out the brochure
Stories, Pictures, and Data

    Click here to read the City Life Stories: Volume VII report 


                            Click here to read the full measures report for City Life Volume VI
     Measures Report


     Check out this 3 minute video and consider passing it on:
City Life video