The Brownfields Broadcast: Brownfields Program Helps Dubuque, IA Leverage Investment, Reinvigorate Community
In this feature of the Brownfields Broadcast, Mayor Roy D. Buol of Dubuque, Iowa talks about how the reinvigoration of the Port of Dubuque helped turn the city's economy around.
As demonstrated time and again, EPA’s brownfields dollars are able to leverage significant public and private sector dollars in the service of contaminated site cleanup, public health improvements, and community revitalization. No city better illustrates this truth than Dubuque, Iowa.
Located along the Mississippi River, Dubuque had turned its back on its waterfront. In the 1990s, the 120-acre Port of Dubuque was plagued by environmental issues, undervalued property, a hodge-podge of heavy industrial uses, and many vacant brownfields. Dubuque’s “North Port” revitalization was launched with EPA Assessment and Cleanup grants awarded in 2002 and 2003. These brownfield resources were key to unlocking the North Port’s revitalization potential and instrumental to helping the city pivot from a declining former industrial town into a Midwest tourist destination. Dubuque has since leveraged more than $400 million in public and private investment.
- the Grand River Conference and Education Center,
- the American Trust River’s Edge Plaza,
- the Mississippi Riverwalk,
- the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium,
- the Alliant Energy Amphitheater,
- the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, and
- the Diamond Jo Casino.
This development has produced more than 700 jobs and created new recreational and entertainment attractions for community members and visitors, reinvigorating a depressed economy and community.
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