The latest from the DRA

2023 DRA Grant Kickoff Reception

Join us for the DRA Grant Kickoff Reception at Diamond Jo Casino on Tuesday, April 4! This event is your chance to learn about the exciting grant opportunities available in 2023. RSVP by March 24 at https://bit.ly/3Jn05tv #withDRA

Monticello Community School District

Congratulations to the Monticello Community School District on receiving a $10,000 grant from the DRA to support their school literacy needs!

We are proud to have contributed to the improvement of student achievement in reading by helping the district update their reading curriculum with the most recent and best materials available. We are confident that this investment will have a positive impact on the students of Monticello for years to come, and we are honored to have played a role in their success.

Keep up the great work! #withDRA #Education

Dubuque Jaycees

We are thrilled to announce that the Dubuque Jaycees were awarded a $25,000 grant from the DRA to support their 3rd of July Fireworks and Air Show!

This community event not only raises the profile of Dubuque as a major destination for a place to "live, work, & play," but also serves to enhance the local community's participation in honoring and celebrating the anniversary of our nation's independence.

Thank you for all that you do to make Dubuque a great place to live and visit! #withDRA #CommunityEvent #IndependenceDay #LiveWorkPlayDubuque

City of Dubuque Received $9,138,168 in 2022

As the license holder for gaming operations at Q Casino and the co-licensee for Diamond Jo Casino, the DRA contributed over $9 million to the City of Dubuque in 2022! #togetherwecan #with DRA

Dubuque Arts Council

We're thrilled to announce that in 2022, the Dubuque Arts Council received a $10,000 grant from the DRA to fund an incredible project featuring Ball in the House, an acapella group of 5 talented men from Boston. Through this project, an Artist in Residence program was established in elementary schools throughout the Tri-State area, giving students the opportunity to experience live professional music programming. We're proud to have supported such an impactful initiative and look forward to seeing the positive effects it has on the community. #withDRA #musiceducation

$3 Million Awarded from Destination Iowa

Congratulations to the City of Dubuque for being awarded $3,000,000 for the construction of an open-air amphitheater on Schmitt Island! This new addition is sure to provide a beautiful and unique outdoor venue for residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of performances and events. We can't wait to see this project come to life and enhance the cultural offerings of the city. #SchmittIsland #CommunityEnrichment

February DRA Board Meeting

Big thanks again to the Diamond Jo Casino for hosting our February DRA Board Meeting! We appreciate your hospitality and look forward to future events at the Diamond Jo.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

Congratulations to Q Casino and Diamond Jo Casino on getting their license renewed with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission! It's a testament to their commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable gaming experience for all their patrons. Here's to many more years of success and fun!

Proposal Approved

Exciting news! The DRA board has approved a proposal for Iowa-based RDG Planning & Design to develop a comprehensive development plan for Schmitt Island, a city-owned property on the Mississippi River. This is a significant investment of $302,660 by the organization, and the plan should be completed within the next 12 months.

We're looking forward to seeing the positive impact this development will have on our community and the Mississippi River. #SchmittIsland #MississippiRiver #CommunityDevelopment

Board Chair Mike Donohue

Please join us in welcoming Mike Donohue as the new Board Chair for the DRA! Mike has been part of the DRA Board of Directors since 2014. Outside of the DRA, he is the CEO for Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. With his extensive experience and leadership skills, Mike will be a valuable asset to the organization and we are thrilled to have him on board. Let's give him a warm welcome as we look forward to the exciting initiatives he'll lead.

Schmitt Island Development Corporation Board of Directors

The DRA had the opportunity to host the Schmitt Island Development Corporation (SID Corp) Board of Directors for their quarterly meeting.

SID Corp is fortunate to have an exceptional group of individuals who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Their guidance and leadership will play a critical role in shaping the direction and implementation of development on Schmitt Island.

We look forward to working together to continue to innovate, grow, and make a positive impact in our community!

$75M+ Redevelopment

The DRA is thrilled to announce the Q Casino renovation and expansion project to create a better experience for our employees and guests! This investment fits into a bigger plan to develop Schmitt Island, that goes to the heart of who we are as a city, and what we offer to locals and visitors.

Thank You Kevin Lynch

We're grateful for the leadership and dedication of Kevin Lynch, who served as the Board Chair of the DRA for the past two years. Thank you for your unwavering commitment and support.

2022 YP Symposium

Thank you for including the DRA in the 2022 YP Symposium. We love to share our stories and inspire Young Professionals to get involved in our community!

UW-Platteville Check Presentation

Congratulations to UW-Platteville on your 2022 Core Grant award! 

Avelo is coming to Dubuque!

Through the DRA Mission Grant program, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce received an award for $125,000 to Restore, Recruit and Retain Local Commercial Air Service Campaign. The announcement of Avelo's nonstop service to Orlando is only the beginning of the campaign to bring air service back to Dubuque. Welcome to Dubuque Avelo!

Ground Breaking Ceremony - Go the Distance

Congratulations to our friends with Go the Distance Baseball, LLC on your groundbreaking in Dyersville. Thank you for investing in our community!  We look forward to many good times to come!

October Mission Grant Awards

The final Mission Grant award recipients for 2022: 
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA | $160,000
Hills & Dales | $100,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque | $100,000
Crescent Community Health | $125,000
Loras, Clarke, & University of Dubuque | $200,000

September Mission Grant Awards

Congratulations to our most recent Mission Grant Recipients!
Dubuque County Historical Society/National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium | $50,000/year for 3-years
St. Mark Youth Enrichment | $125,000
Habitat for Humanity | $200,000
United Way | $75,000
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque | $100,000

DRA at UW-Platteville

DRA staff visited UW-Platteville and had the opportunity to share our story with the students. We handed out t-shirts too!

2022 DRA Grant Reception

Congrats to our 2022 DRA Grant Recipients!

Schmitt Island Renderings

Newly released Schmitt Island renderings

DRA announces Core Grant recipients at July Full Board meeting.

DRA announces Core Grant recipients at July Full Board meeting.

Southwest Wisconsin organizations receive Core Grant Award!

Congrats to our friends and neighbors in Southwest Wisconsin who were awarded a 2022 Core Grant. Thanks to Platteville City Manager, Adam Ruechel (2nd from right), Erik Flesch, The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums (Middle) and Angela Wright, Grant Writer, and active community volunteer (Far Right) for making the drive to attend the announcement last week! #WithDRA

Woman from DRA & Diamond Jo Leadership team at WLN Annual Connect Event at Dubuque Golf & Country Club

Kathy Buhr (DRA/Director of Strategic Philanthropy and Schmitt Island Development), Wendy Runde (Diamond Jo/Vice President & GM), Lisa Potter (Diamond Jo) and Jennifer Theide (Diamond Jo)

City Council Members visit Schmitt Island!

City Council Members visit Schmitt Island! 

Hills & Dales Visit

Alex & Kathy visited  our friends over at Hills & Dales!

DRA Donates to Dyersville Inc Events

DRA Donates to Dyersville Inc Events

Kathy Buhr (DRA/Q Casino) and Wendy Runde (Diamond Jo Casino) present check to Dyersville Inc Events.

The Dubuque Jaycees July 3rd

The Dubuque Jaycees were presented with a $25,000 check to support the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular.

DRA & Q Casino team volunteering at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society

DRA & Q Casino team volunteering at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society

DRA & Q Casino team at the Southwest Health Golf Outing.

DRA & Q Casino team at the Southwest Health Golf Outing.

International Center for Responsible Gaming appoints Alex Dixon to its Governing Board.

International Center for Responsible Gaming appoints Alex Dixon (President & CEO of DRA/Q Casino) to its Governing Board.

River Museum River to Sea 2.0 Exhibit

Alex and Kathy stopped by the River Museum to check out their Rivers to the Sea 2.0 Exhibit and 3D Theatre.

Fountain of Youth Open House

Kathy and Alex stopped down to the Fountain of Youth's open house. Caprice got to explain some of the wonderful things he's doing to help the community.

Optimist Club of Platteville

The Road Show led Kathy & Will to Platteville. We got to present who the DRA is and what we do, We also got to hear about all the wonderful things the Optimist Club does as well.

Steeple Square Guest Bartending

Alex (President & CEO of DRA), Wendy (GM of Diamond Jo Casino), and Kevin Lynch (DRA Board Chair)  guest bartending for tips at Steeple Square on 5.25

DBQ Trees Forever

The team took some time out of their busy schedules to plant some trees with Dubuque Trees Forever.

April 2022 Board Meeting

Marie Ware, Leisure Services Manger for the City of Dubuque, leading a walking tour of Schmitt Island following the April DRA Board of Directors meeting. 


First and latest check to the City of Dubuque

Latest check to the City of Dubuque. Given in February 2022.

Board at the Retreat

DRA Board at the 2022 Retreat

$1 Billion Impact Since 1985

$1 Billion+ economic impact in the Dubuque area since 1985.

DRA Impact Over the Years

Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, funded with the help of a $750,000 contribution by the DRA

QSO Begins

In 2008, the Diamond Jo Casino opened an $84 million land-based casino. As the QSO for Diamond Jo Casino, the DRA is responsible for distributing funds received from them back into the community.

Addition of casino

In 2005, Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino completed a $33 million renovation, more than doubling the casino size from 11,675 sq/ft to 29,600 sq/ft.

Busy day at the races

The Dubuque Greyhound Park opened for it’s first day of live racing on June 1, 1985. A typical day at the races included a full parking lot, including an average of 20-30 buses, with the record being 48 buses in a single day of racing!

Opening Day

As the nation’s first and only nonprofit greyhound race track, the Dubuque Greyhound Park had it’s inaugural day and ribbon cutting on June 1, 1985. 

Come out and play!

Iconic “Come Out And Play!” slogan and graphic for the Greyhound Park.

Construction Begins!

Construction begins of the Dubuque Greyhound Park.

First DRA Board

First DRA Board

Back the Track

Concept and scaled model of the Dubuque Racing Association Greyhound Track. Members of the community went door-to-door with this campaign to “Back The Track”.