Tickets On Sale Now; Award Nominations Accepted Until Feb. 5

MONROE – What does economic development really look like? Why is it so important to our communities? How can it transform these places we call home?

The Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) will consider these questions at its Annual Dinner and Recognition Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Keynote speaker Rick Dickinson, president and CEO of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, will share insights gained from Dubuque to help understand the issues better. Although Dubuque faced a host of challenges in previous decades, by transforming its leadership and approach to development, the city has turned itself around. Today, residents enjoy the benefits of a robust business climate and a beautifully redeveloped river district. Dickinson’s presentation promises to be relevant and enlightening for Green County elected officials, and community and business leaders.

GCDC’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner is open to the public. Tickets are now available and cost $40 each; tables of eight are available. The dinner, held at Turner Hall in Monroe, begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by presentation of awards and the keynote speaker.

Tickets can be ordered online through a link on the GCDC website at (A service fee applies for online orders.) To be invoiced for tickets, contact or call the GCDC office at 608.328.9452.

GCDC is also accepting nominations for its annual awards to be presented during the event. These awards are:

  • The Outstanding Business of the Year, which honors a business that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to Green County’s economic growth. This business will have made a significant improvement to strengthen its market position or will have overcome an obstacle affecting the company’s ability to grow.
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, which honors an entrepreneur with a hunger for opportunity, a growth mindset, a willingness to learn, a willingness to find solutions to challenges and problems, and a strong work ethic.
  • The Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award, which honors an individual who exemplifies the character of a true leader.

Any individual, group or business may nominate a business or leader, and businesses and individuals may nominate themselves. Businesses and individuals from throughout Green County are eligible.

To nominate a business or individual, visit and look for the link for a fillable form under the News & Events tab. A list of past winners is also available there. More information and assistance is available by emailing or calling 608.328.9452. Nominations are due Wednesday, Feb. 5.