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Dubuque program celebrates 500 participants

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A Dubuque program has helped nearly 500 newcomers learn more about the Key City. Wednesday night dozens gathered in the Schmid Innovation Center in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District to celebrate the 20th graduating class of the Distinctively Dubuque program.

The Distinctively Dubuque program started in 2010 and is a program that is open to all, but is specifically designed for newcomers to Dubuque. The program meets once a week for five weeks to discuss Dubuque's arts and culture, recreation areas, things to do and more.

Richard Dickinson is the president and CEO of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. He said the program allows newcomers to feel more welcomed in the Dubuque community and therefore stay longer.

"We believe that the greatest incentive for business expansion and business recruitment is no longer dollars and cents, it's human capital. It's the value that people bring to the organization. We understand that in order to recruit the talent that we need for the tremendous job opportunities that exist here in Dubuque and are available on accessdubguquejobs.com, we have to make sure that once we recruit talent we can keep that talent," Dickinson said Wednesday.

The Distinctively Dubuque program is free to anyone to attend.

For more information about the program CLICK HERE.

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