Peosta Among Top Growing Cities in Iowa

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - An eastern Iowa manufacturer is expanding. Camoplast Solideal in Peosta is adding 23 jobs.

Peosta is a short drive from Dubuque, but it's growing into its own.
In fact, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation says it's one of the fastest growing cities in the state.

For decades Peosta was known solely as one of the sites for Northeast Iowa Community College. But in the past decade the population has more than doubled.

Peosta Mayor Dick Avenarius said, "we keep building houses, they keep filling up. "

Peosta Resident Jim Perry said, "we just don't have any worries out here. It's just a very good area to live in. "

Perry says living in Peosta is like living in a small town. He says property taxes are low and homes are inexpensive.

Avenarius said, "we're probably the first town and it's not that far to run into town anymore. "

The city recently added a round about, to better control the traffic flow. Developers added a much needed second convenience store.
But city leaders say they need more amenities to keep up with the growing population.

"I just wish we had more of a Main Street." said Avenarius. "We are pretty deadlocked on what we've got right now. "

A once small bedroom community, now booming and yearning for more.

Peosta's population growth rate is close to that of larger communities like North Liberty in Johnson County and Dallas County, near West Des Moines.

The 23 new jobs at Camoplast Solideal require welding skills and pay about $13 per hours.

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