This week, we got some very important news for Dubuque! The Office of Management and Budget announced the agency would not be moving forward with its proposal to change the statistical definition of a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 50,000 to 100,000. If this proposal had moved forward, Dubuque would have lost its status as a metropolitan area.
This is more than just a definition – having metropolitan status qualifies communities for federal dollars and other critical resources. It is also a key part of attracting businesses and economic development opportunities to the region.
I fought this proposed change tooth and nail since I’ve been in office, and I am so glad to have secured Dubuque's metropolitan status. I will continue fighting to ensure Dubuque, and our entire district, can grow and thrive.
Learn more about my efforts on this issue here and read on for additional information on what I'm doing for IA-01.