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Coming together for community growth, Dubuque sustainability conference

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People from cities all across the country are in eastern Iowa, sharing ideas about how to make communities better.

It's happening at the 10th annual 'Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, which is happening at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Nearly 500 people from more than 20  states are in town for the conference, including urban planners, educators, and city government workers, with one common goal. 

"Building more resilient neighborhoods, it's all that idea about how do we build up our community so that they can address the challenges that they're facing," said Cori Burbach, assistant city manager of Dubuque. 

Challenges include the economy, environment and social equity. In Dubuque, it also includes affordable housing.

"Making sure as we grow, we have a mix of housing choice for all residents of our something more tangible, like we have a workshop about how landlords can create more energy efficient units," added Burbach.

Sustainability is also about redevelopment, like Dubuque's Millwork District -- a place where people can live, work, and shop. 

Ultimately, experts say people should care about sustainability because it effects everyday lives.

"Because we love where we live, people should care about the sustainability of their community because it's the quality of life of their community," said Barbara Buffaloe, sustainability manager for Columbia, Missouri. 

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