by Connie Cherba
In January 2020, the forecast for Dubuque’s economy was bright and sunny with several major projects and initiatives in the planning stage or already in the works. The Central Avenue Corridor Initiative, the Washington Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, the construction of the new Port of Dubuque apartment complex, the vote on the renovation of the Five Flags Center, and the continued expansion in the Millwork District and Dubuque’s Industrial Center West were all part of Dubuque’s exciting new year 2020. Then March arrived and with it came the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing delays in the projects along with devastating rounds of layoffs and furloughs for members of Dubuque’s workforce.
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