Dubuque economy, business leaders come together to reject proposal to downgrade county to micropolitan area
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Members of Dubuque’s leading business and economy organizations said downgrading the county from a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) area to a micropolitan area would “wipe it off the map.”
That is why they are coming together to send a strong and consistent message to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking it to reject the proposal. That proposal states that MSAs should have a population of 100,000. The current threshold is 50,000.
“This is a decision that is based solely on data and the committee acknowledges that they do not consider economic development or financial impact,” Molly Grover, CEO of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “There are so many questions surrounding this.”
Grover mentioned her team and public and private partners have already provided the OMB with their concerns regarding the proposal. She said they have also sent alerts to business owners in